Shelby Nicholl said that being able to communicate effectively and intelligently was more important than just simply looking good when representing Logan County at other county fairs.
Logan County Fair royalty court for 2019 includes, from the left: Brendan Duff, Ethan Baughman, Thomas Lockwood, king; Shelby Nicholl, queen; Katelyn Shellenberger and Grace Deardurff. EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH
That well-articulated response contributed to her crowning Sunday as queen on the opening night of the 2019 Logan County Fair.
“I’m a very social person, and I am excited and look forward to the chance to represent Logan County at other fairs,” the 17-year-old Riverside High School senior said after the annual fair royalty contest.
An heir to the throne was anointed fair king. Thomas Lockwood, who was 2018 Logan County Fair Prince, earned the title of 2019 Logan County Fair King, and worked overtime for the distinction.
Judges Elizabeth Wilcoxon, Cinda Flemming, Kelli Stephens and Elizabeth Wiley returned to the table after several minutes of initial deliberations to ask a second question to each of the three candidates: Why do you deserve to be fair king?
Thomas in his response drew upon his experience as the prince and pledged to maintain and work to exceed the high bar set by last year’s Logan County Fair royalty court.
Thomas will be a junior at Benjamin Logan High School, and is the son Don and Iona Lockwood. In addition to maintaining several responsibilities with his 4-H Club Animal, Stitches and Things, he is also active in FFA, football, choir and show choir. He has shown pigs, breeding and meat chickens and beef steers and feeders at the county fair.
Shelby is the daughter of Chasity and Kris Nicholl, and has shown cows, heifers, beef feeders, rabbits and ducks. She is also active in track and is involved with the junior deputy in training program.
“I was so surprised,” Shelby said of her crowning. “I’m excited to win, but I really was shocked.”
Rachel Knight earned the title of 2019 Logan County Fair Princess. She is the daughter of Kevin and Jan Knight, and will be freshman at Riverside High School. Rachel is active in volleyball, basketball, track and is a member of the student council, in addition to showing steers, beef feeders and sewing project submissions at the fair.
Read the full story in Monday's Examiner.