It’s fast becoming a tradition at the Lenawee County Fair. Not only do the queen contestants compete with each other, they also battle the annual truck and tractor pull, which takes place at the grandstand, just a short distance from the bandshell.
Sunday night was no different. Eight young women, ranging in age from 16 to 21, took to the stage in front of an audience packed with fans, many of whom waved posters and sported T-shirts in support of the contestants. It was against this backdrop — and serenaded by the deafening roar of the tractor pull — that Emily Kapnick, 18, of Adrian was crowned 2015 Fair Queen. Meghan Niblack, 16, of Britton was named first runner-up while Emily Harke, 18, also of Adrian, was second runner-up. Molly Humphries, 2014 Fair Queen, crowned her successor and the members of the 2015 court.
This year’s pageant included some interesting “talent” performances. Kapnick showed off her tap dancing and singing skills with a rousing rendition of “I’ve Got Rhythm,” while Niblack, who is the majorette for the Britton Deerfield Marching Band, twirled knives. Harke, who will attend Iowa State University in the fall, played Beethoven’s “Fur Elise.” Contestant Kennedy Armstrong, 16, of Adrian demonstrated “cardio-drumming,” while Audrey Morse of Manitou Beach performed a popular a capella piece recorded by Sugarland and Ashlee Pelham danced en pointe. Caitlin Colter of Riga performed a modern dance featuring sign language to music from “Enchanted.” Sydney Hamilton, a student at Siena Heights University, where she also is a cheerleader, combined tumbling and dance moves for her routine.
Steve Barkway and Kristina Kidney of WLEN served as emcees for the evening.
Kapnick, the daughter of Jim and Susie Kapnick of Adrian, said she has dreamed of being in the queen pageant since she was a little girl and watching from the lawn in front of the band shell stage. Kapnick will attend Miami of Ohio in the fall.
“I’ve always thought of doing it — it has been a dream of mine,” Kapnick said. “Now I can check it off my bucket list. It’s the best decision I’ve made in a long time.”
- Emily Kapnick, 18 (Sponsor: Marvin Farms)
- Meghan Niblack, 16 (Sponsor: Squires Seed Services)
- Emily Harke, 18 (Sponsor: Sieler’s Water Systems)
- Kennedy Armstrong, 16 (Sponsor: The Answer)
- Ashlee Pelham, 16 (Sponsor: Halliwill Farms)
- Sydney Hamilton, 19 (Sponsor: Frosty Boy of Adrian)
- Audrey Morse, 21 (Sponsor: ADA Security)
- Caitlin Colter, 17 (Sponsor: Horizon Construction)