By Sarah Lang
For the Times Sentinel
Lebanon — Killing some time as the Boone County 4-H Fair queen contestants changed outfits backstage at the fairgrounds’ Witham Pavilion Sunday, July 14, emcee Tom Dull shared with the crowd at the queen contest that there have been three sets of sisters in the county’s fair queen history.
That number increased to four Sunday as Kate Emmert was crowned the 2013 Boone County 4-H Fair queen. Emmert’s sister, Abby, was the 2011 queen.
“Everybody was just unbelievable,” Emmert said after the contest, visibly surprised by the news. “I’m so overwhelmed, just so happy and excited.”
Emmert was selected out of 15 contestants to represent Boone County at the Indiana State Fair queen contest later this summer. In the queen’s court are first runner-up and Miss Congeniality, Lindsey Williams, second runner-up Jordan Paul, third runner-up Grace Rushton, and fourth runner-up Jackie Spall.
The judging criteria includes poise, personality and the ability to converse, Dull said. The personal interview, which was conducted by judges before the public contest, counts for 50 percent, professional wear for 20 percent, and evening gown for 30 percent.
A new component was added to the public competition this year — a spontaneous on-stage question. Emmert was asked what the best part of the 4-H Chicago achievement trip was. She said her favorite part was meeting all the other 4-Hers.
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