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Karen Keller named Hartford Fair Queen

CROTON – Karen Keller, who hails from the Hebron/ Kirkersville area, was crowned Hartford Fair Queen last Saturday night.

Keller, the 19-year-old daughter of Jerry and Sue Keller, is a graduate of Watkins Memorial High School. She is currently studying digital media design at COTC. Sponsored by Dream Achievers 4-H Club, Keller has been an active member of the Junior Fair Board and a camp counselor. She has participated in 4H for 12 years.

The crowning was part of the kick-off of fair week. Keller was one of fivefinal candidates for queen. Nicholas Higgins of Johnstown, son of Scott and Lisa Higgins, was crowned king.

Licking County 4-H Program Coordinator Sally McClaskey said judges were looking for youth who have been active in the fair and in their schools. “They’re looking for well-rounded young people to represent the fair.”

Later, McClaskey said she was pleased with the judges’ choices of Keller and Higgins.

The pair spent the week making appearances at livestock shows and sales, and at grandstand events. They will represent the fair at other fairs and festivals throughout Ohio in the coming year.

“I can’t think of two better representatives of the fair,” Mc- Claskey said, noting both the king and queen’s past involvement.

Keller has been attending the Hartford Fair since she was six months old. She was showing market hogs at the age of 4. “I love the fair,” Keller said. “It’s my family’s vacation every year.”

She’s also carrying on a family tradition. Her older brother, Kevin, was Hartford Fair King, as was her brother-in-law, and her older sister, Kristi, was on the court.

Keller said she hopes to incorporate her field of study, digital media design, with agriculture. “Ag is my life,” she said. “I come from a big family farm, and you find yourself wanting to carry that on.”

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