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Fair Queen, princess crowned

Kimberly Schmidt, center, is this year’s Lawrence County Fair queen. Standing left to Schmidt is Katie Webb, first runner up, and to the right is Shelby Dalton, second runner up.

Kimberly Schmidt, center, is this year’s Lawrence County Fair queen. Standing left to Schmidt is Katie Webb, first runner up, and to the right is Shelby Dalton, second runner up.

ROME TOWNSHIP — Evening gowns with farm boots was the dress on Sunday as Kimberly Schmidt was crowned the 2015 Lawrence County Fair Queen with Kaylee Cade as princess.

Almost non-stop rains for the past few days turned much of the fairgrounds into a mudbath requiring a practical dress along with their fancy clothes.

The two women were chosen from a field of seven for queen and five for princess. They were judged on their knowledge of 4-H in interviews that took place earlier on Sunday.

“I am really excited,” Schmidt said. “I really want to be a positive role model.”

Cade said she was excited to receive the honor and really wasn’t expecting to win.

Schmidt, a senior at Dawson-Bryant High School, is the daughter of Jackie Schmidt and the late Charlie Schmidt. She is a member of Sidekicks.

Named first runner up for queen was Katie Webb, daughter of Marty and Gloria Webb. She is a senior at Dawson-Bryant High and a member of Country Clovers. Second runner up was Shelby Dalton, daughter of Lacy and Ginger Dalton. She is a senior at Rock Hill High School and a member of the Back Road Haybalers.

Also competing were Rachael Copley, daughter of Donna Hughes, a senior at Collins Career Technical Center and a member of Ridge Runners; Tiara Hatfield, daughter of Tony and Rena Hatfield, senior at Symmes Valley High School and a member of Arabia All Stars; Celsey Huisman, daughter of Michelle Clark and member of the Collins Center FFA; and Samantha LeGrand, daughter of Stephanie Chinn and Danny LeGrand, junior at Collins Center and a member of the Lucky Renegades.

Named first runner up for the princess contest was Hannah Maynard, daughter of Kelley Maynard, freshman at Fairland High School and member of the Lucky Renegades. Named second runner up was Sarah Shope, daughter of Bill and Kathy Shope, a freshman at Rock Hill and a member of Back Road Haybalers.

Also competing were Whitney McKenzie, daughter of Mendy McKenzie and Chris Ratliff, a sixth grader at Symmes Valley Middle School and a member of Arabia All-Stars; and Haley Pancake, daughter of Donald and Becky Pancake, freshman at Symmes Valley and a member of the Arabia All Stars.

Sponsors for the pageant were Stephens and Son Insurance Agency, Loan Central, the Lawrence County Fair Board, Monty’s Pizza, Jonda’s Kreative Creations, Myers Fastlane and Garage, Fastland Diner, the Printing Express, R&D Giovanni’s, Jennifer Shipley Photography, Chelsey Keathley, Amber Tredway, Linda Herrell and Warren Morford, attorney.

Jessi Newman was the pageant coordinator.