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Three to vie for Idaho County Fair Queen; crowning set for Aug. 18

(L-R) Rachel Chmelik, Emma Gehring and Sierah Poxleitner.

(L-R) Rachel Chmelik, Emma Gehring and Sierah Poxleitner.

— Three local young ladies will vie for the position of Idaho County Fair Queen 2018. The new queen will be crowned at the fair Friday evening, Aug. 18.

Rachel Chmelik, Emma Gehring and Sierah Poxleitner make up the royalty court candidates for the coming year’s fair.


Rachel Chmelik, 15, is a junior at Grangeville High School who is active in track, basketball and HOSA. She has been a member of the Triple Bar Drill Team and has participated in church choir and as a lector at church.

Chmelik is the daughter of Joseph and the late Julie Chmelik and enjoys horseback riding, skiing, sports, family time and writing poetry. She has been employed by CHS Primeland as a sales associate and has also worked part-time as a baby-sitter and house cleaner.

Following graduation, she plans to attend college and work on a degree in communications and/or public relations.

“I hope to one day use my writing to inspire and motivate other people,” she said. She also has dreams to explore the world (specifically Paris and Tahiti), write a book and eventually obtain a master’s degree in public relations or journalism.

“I believe my strongest quality is the ability to understand and push people forward,” she said. “I have overcome many hardships and have had to remember to keep going.”

Chmelik has been raised by her dad, a log truck driver, since her mother died of breast cancer in 2010. She has three older sisters, all of whom had full-time jobs and are enrolled in college.

“My friends and family are the most important to me in my life,” she said.

At the fair, Chmelik has taken market swine projects.

Emma Gehring, 16, is a junior at Prairie Junior Senior High School (PJSHS) in Cottonwood. She is the daughter of Gerry and Valery Gehring of Cottonwood.

Gehring has been active in Catholic youth group in areas including cleaning roads, washing cars, visiting the elderly and putting on athletic youth nights. She is a member of Keuterville Livestock 4-H Club and has taken market lamb, swine and beef, as well as sewing, projects. At school, she has participated in volleyball and track.

Gehring baby sits, helps on the ranch and runs cows at the sales yard. In her spare time, she enjoys riding four-wheeler, baking, fishing, sewing and playing volleyball, as well as spending time with her family and friends.

After high school graduation, she plans to attend the University of Idaho where she will major in agriculture and business.

“I would like to attend college and graduate, grow closer to God through my faith, and make a happy, loving family,” she said.

Gehring, who has five siblings, said her family and friends are the most important things in her life.

“I know I can always count on them to be there for me and they always support me and have my back,” she said.

Sierah Poxleitner is the daughter of Marsha and Dave Poxleitner of Cottonwood. The 18-year-old is a senior at PJSHS. She has been involved in FFA, BPA, HOSA, cross-country, softball and basketball in the past.

Poxleitner has provided private in-home care, worked at cooking for the Keuterville Pub and Grub, and works for Sundance Services. She likes sports, swimming, baking/cooking and visiting with people.

Following graduation, she plans to attend Idaho State University and go into the medical field.

“I want to be happy, to have a family and make a difference in the world,” she said.

Poxleitner said she loves to meet new people and is outgoing.

“I always try to be nice and respect everyone,” she said.

She said her family is very important to her and is “always there for me.”

“My parents are the nicest, funniest parents I know,” she emphasized.


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