VAN WERT — The Van Wert County Fair will soon here, and the contestants for 2014 Jr. Fair King and Queen has been announced by the Junior Fair Coronation Committee. The committee is also noting that the coronation ceremony date and time has changed this year. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 starting at 6 p.m. at the Entertainment Tent.

There are two candidates for Jr. Fair King: Cody Keirns, the son of Dave and Mia Keirns, is a 2014 graduate of Van Wert High School, where he participated in choir, basketball, and baseball. In 4-H, he is an active member in Buckeye Ambassadors, 4-H Camp Counselors, and in his 4-H club Keirns held the office of vice president for the Shooting Stars 4-H club, and has been treasurer and has been in charge of activities for the club in previous years. Keirns plans to work for a year or two before heading to college to pursue nursing.

The other king candidate is Jonathon Germann, the son of Doug and Marcia Germann,and a senior at Crestview High School. He is an active four-year member in Crestview FFA where he currently holds the position of student advisor. Germann is also on the Crestview varsity golf team and the track and field teams, and has earned the Scholar Athlete Award for two years. Being a part of the Van Wert County Jr. Fair has always been important to him, as he started showing animals when he was in kindergarten and bought his first cow when he was eight. His fair projects include beef cattle and breeding stock, all raised from his herd, as well as horses, rabbits, and goats. He is a member of the Jr. Fair Board, enjoys participating in a variety of sports, he referees Upward basketball, and has worked for years at his church campground. This summer, Germann was honored to represent the Van Wert American Legion Post 178 at the annual Buckeye Boys State held at Bowling Green State University. He attends Common Ground Church in Decatur, Indiana and works part time at Century Trading Co., Inc. His future plans are to study civil engineering and to pursue a career in the United States Military.



There are four candidates for Jr. Fair Queen. Cheyenne Oechsle, the daughter of Heidi and Duane Emans, will be entering her senior year at Crestview High School. There, she is a member of FCCLA, a varsity girls basketball statistician, and is a member of the softball team, Academic Red club, and the honor roll. Oechsle is a seventh-year 4-H member, where she has held the offices of vice president, secretary, treasurer, and historian six of those years. She is also a second-year member of Buckeye Ambassadors and the Junior Fair Board, where she has been secretary for the past two of the three years she has been on the board. She has received the Outstanding Jr. Fair Board Member Award for the previous two years. Six of the seven years Oechsle has been in 4-H, she has taken swine to the fair. When she is not working at the Convoy Tastee Freeze, she volunteers during the summer at the Van Wert County Extension Office preparing for the upcoming fair. After graduation, Oechsle wishes to attend the University of Akron to pursue her Masters of Science in nursing with a concentration in trauma nursing.

Lauren Schmid, 17, is the daughter of Kent and Jane Schmid of Wren. She is a senior at Crestview High School and is representing the Crestview FFA chapter. She is a four-year member and current president of the Crestview FFA and has been involved in softball, soccer, cheerleading, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and youth group. Lauren has participated in Greenhand, Cooperative Education, Parliamentary Procedure, and was on the 2014 Farm Business Management state championship team, individually placing 7th in the state. She has taken show cattle through Beef It Up 4-H club for five years and through FFA for four years. During her sixth year participating in 4-H she was a 4-H ambassador and a camp counselor. Schmid attends Trinity United Methodist Church, is an active member of the youth group, and volunteers with child care and music. Over the past four summers she has participated in three mission trips: in Nooksack Valley, Washington, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and Flint, Michigan. She worked roofing houses, painting churches, and clearing and landscaping vacant lots. Schmid enjoys working on the farm with her father and working with her fair projects. She also enjoys playing softball, going to bonfires, and spending time with her friends and family. Schmid encourages everyone to become involved in their local 4-H club or FFA chapter.

Sophie Wilson is the daughter of Michael and Wendy Wilson. She is an upcoming junior at Delphos Jefferson High School. Her school involvements include being a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, varsity football cheerleading, varsity softball, and a wrestling statistician. She has been an FFA member since 2012 and holds the position as vice president for the Delphos FFA. Her FFA project involves taking two market lambs and one performance lamb to the fair. She has been a 4-H member since 2006 and currently holds the position of president for her club. He 4-H project is taking beef feeders to the Van Wert County Fair. Wilson is also a 4-H camp counselor, a member of the Jr. Fair Board and the Trinity United Methodist Church.

Taylor Jean Hughes is the daughter of Susan and Brad Hughes of Van Wert. She is a senior at Crestview High School in Convoy where she is an active member in golf, band, Knight Vision, FCCLA, and track. In these organizations, she has held numerous leadership roles. She attends the Convoy United Methodist Church where she is a member and president of the youth group. She is an active volunteer in Van Wert County Special Olympics and loves volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. As a 4-H member, she has been a part of four clubs, taken numerous miscellaneous, and livestock projects, and won a variety of awards. She currently represents the Van Wert County Interstate Exchange Club and shows dairy feeders and dairy steers at the Van Wert County Fair. One of her favorite memories is winning Reserve Grand Champion Dairy Steer her first year showing them. Hughes is excited to be presented with the opportunity to run for Jr. Fair Queen.

New this year is the competition for Species Prince or Princess.There are five candidates in this competition. Those candidates are Sophie Wilson and Lauren Schmid, as well as Tara Vorst, Amanda Lobsiger, and Leah Lichtensteiger.

Tara Vorst, the daughter of Chris and Sandy Vorst, will be running for Swine Princess. She is a nine-year member of Venedocia Lads and Lassies 4-H Club, where she has held many offices. Vorst is a three-year member of the Junior Fair Board, and has served as a 4-H Camp Counselor. She will be a senior at Delphos St. John’s where she is president of the Student Council. She is also a member of National Honor Society, varsity basketball, and other community and liturgical service organizations.

Amanda Lobsiger is the daughter of Chris and Erika Lobsiger. She graduated from Crestview High School in 2013 and is currently attending the University of Northwestern Ohio and studying agribusiness. She has raised goats all of her life and has shown goats since she was three. She has been in 4-H for eleven years and was in FFA for two years. Lobsiger participated in many career development events in FFA including soil judging, livestock judging, farm business management, and grain merchandising. In her senior year of high school, she was privileged to participate at the National FFA Convention for Farm Business Management where her team received 17th nationally and she earned a silver rating individually. Also in high school, she ran track and cross country and participated in Model UN and National Honor Society. Currently, she is employed at Westwood Car Wash and is also learning to do barrel racing.

Leah Lichtensteiger is the daughter of David and Janice Lichtensteiger. She graduated from Crestview High School. While a student there, she was actively involved in the school’s agriculture/FFA program. She was a member for four years, during those years she competed on multiple career development events. During her freshman year, she participated in the Greenhand test, Parliamentary Procedure, and Equine Management judging. In her sophomore year, she took part in the Cooperative Education Test, Parliamentary Procedure and once again Equine Management judging. For her junior year she took part in the Farm Business Management, where the team placed first in the state. She also was a teacher’s assistant to her FFA Chapter’s advisor and completed her State FFA degree. During her senior year, she took part in Equine Management judging and Parliamentary Procedure and went to Nationals with the Farm Business Management team. Outside of school, Lichtensteiger has two horses that she shows in barrel racing. She has qualified for state competition twice, and in 2012 she placed in the top ten. She also competes at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in October. When she isn’t with the horses, she helps her dad and uncle around the farm with various jobs.

At the coronation, the king and queen and runners-up will be crowned first followed by the species prince or princess. The Coronation Ceremony will be held Sunday night of the fair beginning at 6 p.m. in the Entertainment Tent.