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Next Junior Fair Queen to be crowned Sunday

| September 16, 2022
2021 Tuscarawas County Junior Fair Queen Riley Randolph (center) says she's looking forward to passing the crown to one of the six girls vying to replace her. (Tuscarawas County Agricultural Society)

DOVER (WJER) (Sept. 16, 2022) – Tuscarawas County’s 2021 Junior Fair Queen is reflecting on the experience as she gets ready to pass the crown to the girl who will hold the title for the next year.

Riley Randolph says the highlight was attending the Ohio Fair Managers Association’s Conference back in January where she competed for the title of state Fairs Queen.

“It was really intense. Everyone was watching your every move to see how you acted, interacted with other people, your poise, and how enthusiastic you were about your own county fair. It was all about representation and making sure you’re the proper role model of your own county.”

She wasn’t selected for the honor but did become good friends with some of the other contestants.

“And I am able to message them and talk to them on a daily basis, which I think is the greatest opportunity in my entire 4-H career.”

Six girls are in the running to replace Randolph: Brianna Beaber, Norah Chismar, Lilyin Specht, Lexi Troyer, Tracy Zurfley, and Laura Weaver. The winner will be crowned during a ceremony at the fairgrounds in Dover Sunday evening and will represent our county at fairs and parades throughout the state. Judges ordinarily select a king as well but no boys entered the competition. 

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