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Queens credit success to experiences, responsibility

Being a leader, meeting new friends and developing social skills are a few of the reasons members of this year’s Moffat County Fair Queen Court gave for wanting to be involved in 4-H.

And the animals they all love the animals.

“The steers are my favorite,” Senior Queen Kacey Snowden said.

“Mine, too,” echoed Senior Attendant Amber Ott.

“I like the steers, too,” Junior Queen Jessie Moon said.

Junior Attendant Kaycee Stagner had a different favorite, though.

“I like the horses. I don’t have any steers, but the horses are a lot of fun to watch and a lot of fun to work with,” she said.

The four were able to all agree on one thing, and that is that the money from the sale is an adequate consolation for having to sell the animals they have been working with all year.

“Usually the parents take it [selling livestock] harder than we do,” Moon said. “They can get pretty attached to the animals.”

Members of this year’s Queen Court believe there is a lot to be learned from the 4-H experience, much of which can be applied throughout their lives.

“The social skills that you develop are just great,” Snowden said. “You just learn to open up and talk to people that you normally wouldn’t. You have to learn to do that if you want to be successful in 4-H, because being timid isn’t going to help your presentations.

“If you were to go into that ring to show an animal and a judge asks you a question, you better be prepared to voice your opinion,” she said. “If not, the judge is not going to see you as a good presenter, and your chances of moving on are not that great.”

Snowden, Ott, Moon and Stagner have been working to coordinate efforts for the Fair since the beginning of June, and this week is one they have been looking forward to for a long time.

“People don’t realize everything that we have done to get ready,” Snowden said. “We have been working for months now helping to coordinate events, organize entries, work with the Fair committee and promote the events so that everyone knows how to get involved.

“It has been a long process, but it has also been fun, especially this week, because we are finally here and staying here all week,” she said.

After a round of high fives and “woo-hoos,” the girls explained one of the least-talked about benefits of being a Moffat County Fair Queen.

“We get to hang around and camp out all week,” Ott said.

“And we get to stay out late,” Snowden added.

After more high fives, the girls explained that being a Queen involves a week-long stay at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, camping among their families and friends.

“It’s great,” Ott said. “Not only do you get to be out with your friends, but you also get to see all of the animals that are here.”

Fair Queens work to promote the fair. They ride in the parade, hand out awards and help organize events.

The girls said that what they have learned through 4-H can be carried with them for the rest of their lives.

“There is so much that can be learned in just one year of 4-H, it is just amazing,” Snowden said. “You learn to respect and take care of your things, which will carry on for a long time.”

“My kids are going to do this, and my grandkids are too,” Ott said. “There is so much to be learned that you can use in life that it would be silly not to be involved.”

“People need to realize that 4-H is not just for kids who live in rural areas or outside of town,” Snowden said. “There are so many activities that can be done, from engines to crochet, leatherworking to cake decorating.

“This is an excellent program and I think it can benefit everyone.”