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Royalty hopefuls give speeches: Idaho County Fair royalty candidates judged at event

Idaho County Fair royalty candidates are (back, L-R) Grace VanGunten, Clarissa Stevens and Ciara Chaffee and (middle, L-R) Madison Adams, Anna Kaschmitter, Naomi Connolley and Halle Klapprich, pictured with current royalty (front, L-R) Emma Gehring, Rachel Chmelik and Sierah Poxleitner.

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Idaho County Fair royalty candidates are (back, L-R) Grace VanGunten, Clarissa Stevens and Ciara Chaffee and (middle, L-R) Madison Adams, Anna Kaschmitter, Naomi Connolley and Halle Klapprich, pictured with current royalty (front, L-R) Emma Gehring, Rachel Chmelik and Sierah Poxleitner.



— Seven local young ladies stepped up in courage and with hope Wednesday, July 25, at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene. The occasion was the 2018-19 Idaho County Fair royalty luncheon where the candidates for 2019 were judged on their personal interviews, applications and speeches.

“I want to say first off that for those of you who don’t win, we hope to see you next year,” said royalty advisor Joyce Gehring Sonnen. “You are all marvelous young ladies.”

Madison Adams, Ciara Chaffee, Naomi Connolley, Anna Kaschmitter, Halle Klapprich, Clarissa Stevens and Grace VanGunten are all candidates for the 2018-19 royalty court.

Crowning will take place Friday evening of the fair, Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m., in the main building.

“Did you know Idaho County is miles and miles of pure opportunity?” said Madison Adams, daughter of Nick and Heather Slichter of Grangeville.

Adams stated the things she loves about Idaho County, including sunsets, sunrises, football season, safety and being around the people you love.

Grace VanGunten, daughter of Kevin and Amber VanGunten of Grangeville, said “life is a gift – untie the ribbons.”

She illustrated her “gifts” of memories, responsibility, friendship, confidence and problem solving with actual gifts she passed out to the other candidates.

Naomi Connolley, daughter of Mike and Tara Connolley of Mt. Idaho, spoke on 4-H and its usefulness, as well her life and the fair.

“One thing we all have in common is we want to bring value to our hometown with the fair,” she said. “Young and old gather together for a common cause.”

Clarissa Stevens, daughter of Fred and Renee Stevens of Grangeville, spoke about the fair and 4-H being an important aspect of the community.

“4-H has helped me learn responsibility, social skills, teamwork, leadership and public speaking,” she said, “and in all has helped me develop life skills.”

Ciarra Chafee is the daughter of Kevin and Shari Chaffee of Cottonwood. She spoke on “My IdaHome.”

Chafee used the letters of the word “Home” to talk about 4-H, opportunities, memories and evolvement.

Halle Klapprich, daughter of Heath and Tara Klapprich of Cottonwood, spoke about the influence of 4-H on her life.

“It isn’t about the show or the drama or the awards – it’s about family and building relationships,” she said.

Anna Kaschmitter, the daughter of Mike and Shawn Kaschmitter of Cottonwood, noted that Idaho County Is named for a steamer called “Idaho.”

“The fair brings all the outlying communities together,” she added.

Idaho County Fair Second Princess 2018 Emma Gehring, Keuterville, wished all the candidates good luck.

“You have a lot of courage for trying out, especially when there are so many of you,” she said.

First princess Sierah Poxleitner, Cottonwood, reminded the girls of the need to take in the help of their parents.

“It takes a family to do this, it really does,” she said.

Queen Rachel Chmelik said she was “so grateful” to her fellow royalty members and her family and hoped for the new royalty all the wonderful experiences she has had thus far.

Judges for the candidates were Verla Nelson of Clarkston, Wash., Roger Nelson of Clarkston; and Shannon Ankney of Lewiston.



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