MONTPELIER — It was the first time Erika Grime participated in the Williams County fair queen pageant.

But, that didn’t stop the 17-year-old Bryanite from winning the honored sash and tiara Saturday evening at the opening day of the 2019 fair.

“I feel I represent the county well; I put a lot of work into the fair,” the Stars of 4-H Club member said. “I’m really involved; I’m on Junior Fair Board. I spend a lot of time here, so I felt that I really represented the county well.”

With the crowning, Grime said she felt that all of the hard work she has put into the fair went to something great she wasn’t expecting.

“I was just really surprised,” she said of the moment her name was called. “I felt I had a good chance but there’s always a lot of doubt.”

As the queen, she is looking forward most to representing the county and visiting other county fairs in the state to learn from them.

All queen participants earned a scholarship donated by the Williams County Dairy Association, the Williams County Pork Producers, the Williams County Agriculture Society (Fair Board) and from Sharon Kissinger.

Grime, as queen, will receive a $900 scholarship, the runner-up, Kennadi McCain, will receive $500 and two other participants will receive $100 each.

“This is to enhance their career,” Kissinger, head of the scholarship fund, said. “It doesn’t matter if you go to college or not. It can help you go to junior college, an apprenticeship or whatever — a computer class — whatever it may be. Just to help you and encourage you.”

There was no contest for Williams County Fair king this year, but a new aspect was a prince and princess contest for 4-H’ers aged 12-15.

Alexis Firm will represent the county as Williams County fair princess and Johnathan Dorsten will represent the county as Williams County fair prince.

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