Proud mothers and fathers, excited aunts and uncles and antsy siblings of the 2014 princess and queen candidates packed the Mervyn Jenkins Expo Center full,
Proud mothers and fathers, excited aunts and uncles and antsy siblings of the 2014 princess and queen candidates packed the Mervyn Jenkins Expo Center full, along with numerous supporters from the community. This year, their were 47 Clover Princess, Junior Princess, Princess and Queen candidates, topping last year's 39 candidates. The anticipation kept building as audience members listened to all 47 contestants’ biographies as they each walked on stage one by one. In the end, as audience members held their breath, Cyrsten Lollar was named the 2014 4-H and FFA Fair Queen. Lollar smiled with joy as she was crowned by last year’s queen, Morgan Hughes. Lollar's queen-like qualities must run in the family because her aunt, Nina Lollar was crowned Livingston County fair queen in 1972. Lollar, who was representing the Chillicothe FFA in the queen contest this year, has been involved with 4-H for 10 years and FFA for five. Not only is Lollar’s past and present packed full of the “ag lifestyle” but she hopes to have her future filled with it as well. She is pursuing an associate of arts Transfer Degree with an emphasis in Agriculture and Natural Resources at North Central Missouri College. She then plans to transfer to the University of Missouri and major in Agricultural Education to accomplish her goal of becoming an ag teacher. She wants to educate the youth on the importance of agriculture. Lollar is the daughter of Rick and LaRenda Lollar of Chillicothe. Being crowned as queen is "very exciting," according to Lollar. The lucky ladies crowned are required to help with every event during the fair. “It’s going to be fun, but it will be a lot of hard work, too,” Lollar said. She will not only be performing her royalty duties at the fair, but she also will be showing her pigs and goats this week. First runner-up of the 2014 Livingston County 4-H and FFA queen contest was Dani Moore, daughter of Tammy Moore and the late Lee Mehrhoff of Chillicothe. The second runner-up was Calea Ashford, daughter of Jeff and Lori Ashford of Chillicothe. Echo Essick was crowned as Princess. She is the daughter of Jamie Essick of Hale and was representing the Tina-Avalon FFA. She has been involved with FFA for two years and has been involved in an SAE by working at Pioneer and has raised crossbred cattle and broiler chickens. She also has been involved in Creed Speaking, Knowledge Team, Grassland Team and Livestock Judging Team. First runner-up for Princess was Julia Minnis, daughter of Jason and Tracy Minnis; and second runner-up was Rebecca Pitchford, daughter of Greg and Donna Pitchford of Chillicothe. Meredith Oesch was crowned as Junior Princess. She is the daughter of Orland and Rhonda Oesch of Moorseville. She was representing the Dawn Sunrise Hustlers 4-H Club. Oesch has been in 4-H for six years and has participated in archery, arts and crafts, cake decorating, foods, sewing and swine. First runner-up for Junior Princess was Macy Gutshall, daughter of Bill and Angie Gutshall of Chillicothe. The second runner-up was Shellby Copple, daughter of Jerry and Vallera Copple of Hale. Joselyn Alkire was crowned as Clover Princess. She is the daughter of Jim and Jayne Alkire of Dawn and was representing the Busy Bees 4-H Club. She has been in 4-H for two years and has participated in rabbits, woodworking, and arts and crafts. First runner-up was Maggie Brockmeier, daughter of Michael and Michelle Brockmeier, of Hale; and second runner-up was Delanie Kieffer, daughter of Jason and Kim Kieffer of Chillicothe.