They were introduced during an intermission while judges were deciding who would become the 2016 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-ops. They always have to look presentable; and yet they still had cages and stalls to clean, and animals to feed, groom, and show.
The 2016 Licking County 4-H Commodity and Species Royalty were:
• Licking County Beef Queen is 16-year-old Chelsea Graham, daughter of Mike and Valerie Graham of Frazeyburg. Chelsea is a member of Valley Traditions 4-H Club.
• Licking County Dairy Princess is 18-year-old Carlie Torrens, daughter of Bonnie Beightol and Andrew Torrens of Utica. Carlie is a member of Licking County Jersey 4-H Club.
• Licking County Dairy Feeder Princess is 16-year-old Cora Dorman, daughter of Brad and Dr. Leah Dorman of Croton. Cora is a member of Croton Critter and Creations 4-H Club and Northridge FFA Chapter.
• Licking County Canine Queen is 16-year-old Sarah Decker, daughter of Shawn Cooperrider and Jon Decker or Newark. Sarah is a member of Classic Clovers, 4-Paws, and Goats R Us 4-H Clubs.
• Licking County Puppy Princess is 11-year-old Jackie Searfos, daughter of Jennifer and Jeremy Searfos of Newark. Jackie is a member of 4 Paws 4-H Club and the Licking County 4-H Band.
• Licking County Family & Consumer Sciences Queen is 18-year-old Mikaela Trowbridge, daughter of Susan and David Trowbridge of Pataskala. Mikaela is a member of Leaders and Learners 4-H Club and the Licking County Food and Fashion Board.
• Licking County Family & Consumer Sciences Princess is 14-year-old Kaci Willis, daughter of Larry and Judy Willis of Utica. Kaci is a member of 4-Ever Friends 4-H Club.
• Licking County Goat Queen is 15-year-old Makenna Hale, daughter of Tim and Anita McCoy and the late Joe Hale. Makenna is a member of the Licking County Livestock 4-H Club.
• Licking County Goat King is 15-year-old Seth Blake, son of Kenneth and Barbara Blake of Newark. Seth is a member of Goats R Us 4-H Club and Utica FFA Chapter.
• Licking County 4-H Horse Queen is 19-year-old Shannon Barth, daughter of Kyle and Jodie Barth of Pataskala. Shannon is a member of Dusty Riders 4-H Club.
• Licking County 4-H Horse King is 15-year-old Luke Park, son of Todd and Kendra Park of Etna. Luke is a member of National Roaders and Mystic Manes 4-H Clubs.
• Licking County 4-H Horse Princess is 14-year-old Sarah New, daughter of Crystal and Shawn New of Pataskala. Sarah is a member of Boots-n-Buckles 4-H Club.
• Licking County 4-H Horse Prince is 12-year-old Doug Hamilton, son of Lynne Hamilton of Etna. Doug is a member of Silver Spurs 4-H Club.
• Licking County Lamb Queen is 16-year-old Morgan McCutcheon, daughter of Jeff and Lisa McCutcheon of St. Louisville.
• Licking County Lamb Princess is 14-year-old Breanna McCombs, daughter of Shawn McCombs and Stephanie Samuels of Johnstown. Breanna is a member of Clover Connections 4-H Club.
• Licking County Pork Industry Queen is 18-year-old Mallory Cox, daughter of Melissa and Ryan Cox of Johnstown. Mallory is a member of Country at Heart 4-H Club and Johnstown FFA.
• Licking County Pork Princess is 13-year-old Makayla Moore, daughter of Todd and Liz Moore of Johnstown. Makayla is a member of All Creatures 4-H Club.
• Licking County Senior Poultry Queen is 15-year-old Malia Jones, daughter of Henry and Michelle Jones of Johnstown. Malia is a member of American Traditions 4-H Club and Johnstown FFA.
• Licking County Poultry Princess is 11-year-old Emma Suver, daughter of Benjamin and Mandy Suver of Alexandra. Emma is a member of Country Clovers 4-H Club.
• Licking County Rabbit Queen is 18-year-old Nicole Creekmore, daughter of Garth and Cathy Creekmore of Newark. Nicole is a member of 4-Ever Friends 4-H Club.
• Licking County Rabbit Princess is 11-year-old Holly Purvis, daughter of Cindy and David Purvis of Granville. Holly is a member of 4-Ever Friends 4-H Club.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093