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Royalty hopefuls give speeches; court speaks about year’s events


Idaho County Fair royalty candidates 2016 are (L-R) Hailey Williams, Rachel Kelley, Kortney Sims, Katrina Frei, Abigail Stowell and Davi Murphy.

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Idaho County Fair royalty candidates 2016 are (L-R) Hailey Williams, Rachel Kelley, Kortney Sims, Katrina Frei, Abigail Stowell and Davi Murphy.



GRANGEVILLE — Six young ladies fought nerves and gave speeches to a crowd of onlookers and judges July 28 at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene. The local girls are all vying at a chance to be queen of the Idaho County Fair.

Grangeville High School junior Katrina Frei compared the Idaho County Fair and its volunteers to diamonds and their clarity.

“When you break a diamond down you see all the pieces it takes to make it a diamond,” she said. “It all comes together to make a beautiful piece, like the fair and all its parts which includes the fair board, the 4-H program and all the people and volunteers.”

GHS junior Rachel Kelley put together a puzzle in the shape of a 4-H clover with herself as the final piece in the middle.

“4-H has helped shape me into the person I am,” she said. She spoke of the four H’s – head, heart, hands and health – and said how 4-H has helped her to be passionate and compassionate.

Kamiah High School sophomore Davi Murphy of Kooskia spoke about being abandoned as an infant in India and being adopted by an Idaho County 4-H family and included a visual of a “4-H blueprint for change.”

“4-H has helped prepare me to be an agent of change,” she said. “It has helped me develop life skills.”

“4-H has helped me tremendously in life,” said GHS senior Kortney Sims of Elk City. She used a county map and velcro 4-H clovers to show the influence of the program throughout the county.

Grangeville home-schooled senior Abigail Stowell used a recipe as an example of a variety of ingredients going together for “a recipe for a good leader.”

“4-H has definitely taught me to learn from my mistakes – and I have made a lot of mistakes,” she smiled.

Home-schooled Kooskia junior Hailey Williams used a stepladder to visualize her 4-H project success throughout the years.

“Like the steps on this ladder, my confidence has grown each year,” she said.

In addition to the 2016 hopefuls speeches, the current court also spoke to the crowd about their year.

“I want to say you definitely don’t get far in royalty without the help of your mother and our mothers helped things to run very smoothly,” said second princess Madison Ulmer of Kooskia, a Cottonwood Prairie High School student.

First princess, GHS student Lauren Goldman of Grangeville, said about this year’s court: “We ended up as royalty by chance, friends by force but are not sisters by choice.”

“Whoever gets this — take this year as a gift,” she told the candidates.

“This has been an amazing, life-changing year,” added queen Brooke Eades, a homeschooled graduate from Kamiah. “You will never be the same.”

The 2016 Idaho County Fair Queen and court will crowned Friday, Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m., at the fair’s Arena (Schmidt) Building. There is no admission cost and the public is encouraged to attend.



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