They were introduced during an intermission while judges were deciding who would become the 2015 Hartford Fair king and queen.
Their moment on stage was fleeting, but anyone who has attended the Hartford Independent Fair and traveled through 4-H project barns would tell you that the Licking County 4-H Commodity and Species Royalty are some of the hardest working young folks on the fairgrounds.
Besides tending to their own individual projects, they each attend ceremonies and sale events to present awards and pose during photo opportunities. They always have to look presentable; and yet they still had cages and stalls to clean, and animals to feed, groom and show.
The 201 Licking County 4-H Commodity and Species Royalty were:
• Licking County Beef Queen Clarissa Hutchinson is the daughter of Gary and Carol Hutchinson. Clarissa, 18, is an OSU-Newark freshman this year and is a member of National Roaders 4-H Club.
• Licking County Beef Princess is Shala Graham, daughter of Mike and Valerie Graham of Frazeysburg. Shala, 12, is a seventh-grader at Licking Valley Middle School, and is a member of Valley Traditions 4-H Club.
• Licking County Dairy Princess is 16-year-old Sammy Jo Edwards, the daughter of Brian and Judy Edwards of Johnstown. Sammy is a junior at Johnstown Monroe High School and is a member of Licking County Livestock 4-H Club and Johnstown FFA Chapter.
• Licking County Dairy Feeder Princess is Madison Layman, the 16-year-old daughter of Bret and Kelly Layman of Utica. Madi is a junior at Johnstown High School, and member of Licking County Livestock 4-H Club and Johnstown FFA Chapter.
• Licking County Canine Queen is 18-year-old Elizabeth States, daughter of Brian and Ahnetta States of Johnstown. Elizabeth, a senior at Granville Christian Academy, is a member of Pups and Pals 4-H Club.
• Licking County Puppy Princess is 9-year-old Elizabeth Santa, daughter of Greg and Nel Santa of Alexandria. Elizabeth is a fifth-grade home-schooled student, and a member of Pups and Pals 4-H Club.
• Licking County Family & Consumer Sciences Queen is 16-year-old Courtney Lemart, daughter of Brian and Janet Lemart of Granville. Courtney, a Granville High School junior, is a member of 4-Ever Friends 4-H Club and the Licking County 4-H Food and Fashion Board.
• Licking County Family & Consumer Sciences Princess Briana Ward is the 13-year-old daughter of Tom and Cathy Ward of Heath. Briana, an eighth-grader at Heath Middle School, is a member of Classic Clovers 4-H Club.
• Licking County Goat Queen is Sarah Decker, the 15-year-old daughter Shawn Cooperrider and Jon Decker. Home-schooled Sarah is a member of Classic Clovers, Goats R Us, and 4-Paws 4-H clubs.
• Licking County 4-H Horse Queen is 17-year-old Leah Kuhn, daughter of Steve and Lisa Kuhn of Pataskala. Leah, a Watkins Memorial High School senior, is an Equi-Sports 4-H Club member.
• Licking County 4-H Horse King is Tanner Pfeffer, son of Brian and Gaynor Pfeffer of Pataskala. Tanner, a sophomore at Fisher Catholic High School, is a member of Equi-Sports 4-H Club.
• Licking County 4-H Horse Princess Andrea Kuhn is the 14-year-old daughter of Steve and Lisa Kuhn of Pataskala. Andrea, a Watkins Memorial ninth-grader, is a member of Equi-Sports 4-H Club.
• Licking County 4-H Horse Prince is 14-year-old Christopher Martin, son of Jeff and Chris Martin of Hebron. Christopher, a Watkins Middle School eighth-grader, is a member of Silver Spurs and Dream Achievers 4-H clubs.
• Licking County Senior Poultry Queen Rachel Allen is the 15-year-old daughter of Randy and Lisa Allen of Alexandria. Rachel, a Northridge High School freshman, is a member of Modern 4-H Club.
• Licking County Junior Poultry Queen Adrieana Dassylva is the 11-year-old daughter of Robert and Julie Dassylva of Johnstown. Adrieana, a sixth-grader at Adams Middle School, is a member of Dusty Riders 4-H Club.
• Licking County Senior Rabbit Queen is Eliza Dove, the 18-year-old daughter of Dennis Dove and Elizabeth Young-Dove of Newark. Eliza, a Lakewood High School senior, is a member of Classic Clovers 4-H Club and the Licking County 4-H Band.
• Licking County Junior Rabbit Queen Erika Grum is the 11-year-old daughter of Linda Grum and Dave Grum of Thornville. Erika, in the sixth grade at Sheridan Middle School, is a member of Dream Achievers 4-H Club.
• Licking County Lamb Queen is 18-year-old Ashley Parker from Croton. She is the daughter of Michelle Parker and Shaun Funk, a freshman at Bowling Green State University, and a member of All Creatures 4-H Club and Northridge FFA Chapter.
• Licking County Lamb Princess Autumn Drumm is the 13-year-old daughter of Mitch and Jennifer Drumm of St. Louisville. Autumn, in the eighth grade at Utica Junior High School, is a member of Blazing Saddles 4-H Club.
• Licking County Pork Industry Queen is Whitney Van Gundy, the 18-year-old daughter of Bill and Cheryl Van Gundy of Johnstown. Whitney, a Mount Vernon Nazarene University freshman, is a member of All Creatures 4-H Club and Johnstown FFA.
• Licking County Pork Princess Patty Schwartz is the 12-year-old daughter of Bernie and Leah Schwartz of Newark. Patty, a Liberty Middle School seventh-grader, is a member of Cream of the Crop 4-H Club.
Information for this story was provided by the Hartford Independent Fair.