MIAMI COUNTY — Abigail Hissong remembers watching her cousin Grace be crowned as the county fair queen when she was a young girl.
On Friday, Hissong, 17, received her very own tiara and will reign as the 2017 Miami County Fair Queen.
“I have born and raised at this fair and it’s been a big part of my life. I wanted to give back and be able to represent Miami County,” she said. “I was so excited when they said my name. This is something I’ve been wanting to do since I was 4 years old when I saw one of my cousin’s being crowned fair queen I knew I wanted to do that,” she said. “I was floored and speechless because there were so many wonderful contestant and I feel really honored to be chosen.”
Hissong is the daughter of Ty and Carol Hissong. She is a member of the Just 4 Fun 4-H Club. She exhibits market goats and crossbred breeding does and items in the shop and crop building.
“I like talking to all the people I don’t normally get to see and just having fun showing my goats,” Hissong said.
Thomas Burkett, 16, of Tipp City, captured the king crown on Friday afternoon. Burkett finished runner-up in last year’s contest and decided to give it another shot. Burkett is the son of Toby and Denise Burkett. He is a member of the Button Buddies 4-H Club and Boy Scout Troop 586.
“I was so close last year and I just wanted to go for it all this year,” Burkett said. “Burkett shared that he enjoys fair time to spend time with friends and family he doesn’t often get to see. Burkett participates in a variety of projects on display in the Duke Lundgard Building.
William Case, 6, will be enjoying his French fries with ketchup — his fair favorite — all week long as the Miami County Fair Prince.
“I like playing at the fair,” Case said after the contest.
Case is the son Josh and Anne Case. He is a member of the Cloverbuds Show and Tell.
Summer Goecke, 7, is the daughter of Dennis and Carmony Goecke. She was sponsored by Indian Creek 4-H and participates in Cloverbuds.
“I just really like being me and I like doing princess stuff,” said Goecke after she was crowned princess. “I like to ride on rides and hang out with my family at the fair.”
The fair royalty will appear at various events throughout the fair this week.