The 2014 Seneca County Fair saw the dawn of a new reign as the 61st annual Seneca County Fair king and queen were crowned Monday evening.
Margaret Bowers, a 2014 graduate of Calvert Catholic High School, is a 10-year member of the Buckeye Buddies 4-H club.
"I am so excited to have been crowned queen," Bowers said. "I just decided to do it for fun with my friends."
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Margaret Bowers and Tommy Hoover have been crowned the 2014 Seneca County Fair queen and king.
Bowers said she owes her family for getting her involved in 4-H.
"I am just overwhelmed and I am looking forward to representing my fair," she said.
She is the daughter of Ken and Linda Bowers of Tiffin.
She said she plans to attend Heidelberg University in the fall to major in international studies and integrated media.
Tommy Hoover was crowned fair king Monday. He is to be a senior at Bridges Community Academy next school year. Hoover said he has been involved with Tiffin-Sentinel FFA and 4-H for many years.
While with Sentinel's FFA chapter, Hoover said he received a state FFA degree, which is awarded to fewer than 2 percent of Ohio FFA members.
"I am really excited and glad to be able to represent my fair," Hoover said. "I am also excited to see all the other fairs and go watch the other shows and look at all the other exhibits."
Hoover is the son of Ron and Diana Hoover of Tiffin.
Hoover said he wants to attend college to pursue a degree in agriculture.
"As king, I believe it is the best way you can represent the fair as a youth," Hoover said.
He called the process of becoming king "fun and interesting."
The king and queen each received $250 from the George and Cecilia Elchert Memorial Scholarship.
Runner-ups to fair queen were Sarah Goshe and Kaylyn Goshe.
"I am still very excited," Sarah said. "Even though I didn't get queen, I get to go see other fairs."
Sarah is to be a senior at Calvert Catholic School and is a member of the Buckeye Buddies 4-H group.
Sarah said she decided to run for fair queen because her cousin Kaylyn asked her to and said it would be a fun and good time.
Sarah is the daughter of Gene and Barb Goshe of Tiffin.
Kaylyn has been in the No Limits 4-H club for 12 years.
"My 4-H group has given me so much, it was the least I could do to represent the fair in this way," Kaylyn said.
Kaylyn is a 2014 graduate from Seneca East High School and is the daughter of Bob and Jenny Goshe of Tiffin.