After two hours of judging and deliberation, Abby Emmert was crowned the 2011 Boone County 4-H queen Sunday night, July 17, at the queen contest, held at the Witham Health Services Pavilion at the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Emmert, 19, the daughter of Joan and Gary Emmert, is a 2010 graduate of Western Boone High School, where she was class valedictorian. She is a member of the Harrison Hustlers 4-H club and was sponsored by the Gingham Pals Extension Homemakers.
First runner-up was Kelsie Mitchell, second runner-up Nikki Thatcher, third runner-up Julia Carrell, and fourth runner-up and Miss Congeniality Sara Solomon.
Rachelle Bennington was given the Tri Kappa award for completing the most 4-H projects of all the contestants — 227 projects.
Emmert was given the crown by the 2010 queen, Acacia Scott, who gave a farewell speech with a few tears.
Scott said she remembered exactly how she felt one year ago, standing on that stage waiting to hear who would be queen.
“I thought my face was going to fall off from smiling so much,” she said.
Her greatest memory from her year as queen was reigning at the 2010 Boone County 4-H Fair, she said. The queen contest and the fair brought her so many new friends and also adopted her into a whole new family. And it gave her the opportunity to reach out to those who desire to be a part of the 4-H family, too.
“4-H has become a lifestyle of mine, not just a week out of the year,” she said.
The tears came when Scott thanked her parents for all their support, like staying up all night sometimes to help her finish 4-H projects. Her mother, Renea (Rohrer) Scott, was the 1980 4-H queen, making them the first mother-daughter queen duo in Boone County history, she said.
Turning her attention to the contestants, Scott said, “Only one will wear the crown, but all 11 girls will represent Boone County.”