Fair king, queen to be crowned on Monday

SMITHFIELD – The crowning of a 2014 Jefferson County Junior Fair king and queen will take place Monday after the 5 p.m. opening ceremonies held by the county Agricultural Society officers and members.

This year the 2014 Ohio Fairs’ queen, Kathryn Whinnery, will be doing the crowning as she is also the outgoing 2013 Jefferson County Junior Fair queen.

She appears on the cover of the Jefferson County Fair premium book, has been the recipient of grand marshal honors at some of the county fairs visited through Ohio and was a featured personality in a Columbus newspaper.

Whinnery’s fair visits will last into the first days of October, when she completes the circuit of 88 county fairs and some independent fairs. By then she will be at Ohio State University, trying to squeeze in the visits between studying.

The queen candidates this year are:

Emily Lamantia, 18, eight-year member of Country Classics 4-H Club and daughter of Pete and Marlene Lamantia. Her projects this year have been horses, lambs, chickens and turkeys. She will be a freshman at Bethany College in the fall.

Emily Pizzoferrato, 17, 11-year member of Country Classics 4-H and daughter of David and Donna Pizzoferrato. She has concentrated on horse projects through the years and will be a freshman at the University of Cincinnati in the fall.

Rebecca Rector, 18, 11-year member of the Windy Ridge 4-H Club and daughter of Jim and Denise Rector. She took market hog and dairy beef feeder calves as projects and will be a sophomore at the University of Mount Union.

Jacinta Roberts, 17, seven-year member of the Barshoe Wranglers and daughter of Mark and Jannette Roberts. She specialized in horsemanship and dressage during her 4-H years.

Rachel Zimmer, 18, member of the Country Rangers, with 12 years in 4-H, and daughter of Jim and Suzie Zorbini. Her projects have been market goats, dairy goats and rabbits. She is a sophomore at Kent State University.

Vying for the title of junior fair king are:

Thomas Smallwood, 17, eight-year member of the Windy Ridge 4-H Club and son of Dan and Nicole Smallwood. He worked on a self-determined project for the year and plans to attend Ohio Northern University in the fall.

Ryan Wood, 18, has been in 4-H for 13 years and is a member of the Steubenville Spirits, founded by his parents, Glenn and Michelle Wood. His projects have been hogs and a rope project. He will be a sophomore at Marietta College.

John Rutan, 16, is a member of the Windy Ridge 4-H Club and son of Dean and Robin Rutan. He is a senior at Buckeye Local High School.

Princess candidates are: Jayllex Mills, Sara Waggoner, Malanis Birney, Paige Every, Sarah Mazzaferro, Taylor Mazzaferro, Maddie Doyle, Harmony Crummett, Kaylee Moran, Brianna Meadows, Tonya Moodie, Allison Pizzoferrato, Kayla Huff, Glory Dami and Marissa Lucci. One will be selected after interviews by three judges and announced before the fair.

Prince candidates are Joey Wood and T.J. Birney.

There are sister candidates as Emily Pizzoferrato is a queen candidate and her sister, Allison, is a princess candidate. Sarah and Taylor Mazzaferro are sisters in the princess category. Malania Birney, princess category, and T.J. Birney, prince category, are brother and sister; and Ryan Wood, king candidate; and Joey Wood, prince candidate, are brothers.

The opening ceremonies for the fair are at 5 p.m. Monday, with the coronation to follow.

The fair will continue through Aug. 17 at the fairgrounds.