It’s been nearly a year-long reign for 2014 Adams County Fair Queen Emily Bauman, and while the reign has been enjoyable for her, it comes to an end on July 12.
The 2015 graduate from Peebles High School, who plans to enroll at Ohio State University having already earned 42 college credits from Southern State Community College, looked back on her memories at the Adams County Fair and what it’s been like being the queen for the past year.
“I’ve been going to the fair since I was literally weeks old,” Bauman said. “I went to the fair in a little bassonet at the pork producers booth. I’ve never missed one.”
Bauman enrolled in 4H when she was eight and began raising cattle that year where she won the title of Angus Champion of the entire fair. From there on she moved on to corn and tobacco projects and this year has projects in welding and woodworking.
While holding the position of Fair Queen, Bauman is also the president of the junior fair board and the youth representative for the Adams County 4H Extension Advisory Committee.
Her hard work both around the fair and not has paid off quite literally since Bauman has earned enough scholarships to pay for four full years of classes at Ohio State where Bauman plans to earn degrees in English Education and Extension Education.
But during the past year Bauman has had many rewarding experiences as the Fair Queen.
“I went to about 15 other county fairs to see their fairs,” Bauman said. “I went to see if I could find any good ideas I thought could be put into our fair and then just to promote the Adams County Fair.”
While tours of surrounding county fairs were one perk, Bauman also got to meet, interact and compete with other fair queens this past January at the Ohio Fair Queen Contest.
“You meet all the other fair queens,” Bauman said. “You learn how stuff is run at their fairs, contest wise and all of that. It’s exciting. At that level whoever is there is going to be somebody that is good and represents their area well.”
This is Bauman’s last year of eligibility in junior fair programs and while it will be difficult to see it go, Bauman says she’s excited to see what future projects will be.
“It’ll be sad because this is my last year of eligibility in junior fair programs,” Bauman said. “It’s monumental. It’s the end of almost everything. But it’s going to be exciting to see this upcoming age group to see what they have to present.”
The 2015 Adams County Fair Queen will be crowned on Sunday, July 12, and Bauman has some advice for them.
“The biggest thing during the interviews is just to be honest in your answers,” Bauman said. “You don’t want to sound overly fake or anything. You want to come across as genurine, be caring about the fair and be passionate about what you say.”