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Idaho County Fair Queen 2018: Rachel Chmelik - Program teaches diligence, hard work

Idaho County Fair 2018

Queen Rachel Chmelik said she has learned many valuable lessons during her reign.

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Queen Rachel Chmelik said she has learned many valuable lessons during her reign.

— “The Idaho County Fair is an astounding program that teaches young kids diligence, hard work and responsibility,” said Grangeville High School senior Rachel Chmelik. “Having the opportunity to represent such an amazing program is an unforgettable experience that I will always hold close to my heart.”

Chmelik is the 2018 Idaho County Fair queen. She is the daughter of Joe and the late Julie Chmelik of Grangeville. She has three sisters: Abigail Haight, 22; Jolene, 20; and Maggie, 19.

She is a past member of Fenn Livestock 4-H Club and has participated in track and field at GHS as well as HOSA and student council. She is employed as a sales associate at CHS Primeland and has volunteered for Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup and with Chocolate Fantasy and various other Sts. Peter and Paul Parish activities, including as rector and with the choir.

“This year has been so amazing, and I’ve made two best friends and created memories,” Chmelik said. “Being fair royalty has made me a better person. It has taught me diligence, respect, loyalty and hard work. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.”

Following high school graduation, she plans to attend Boise State University to study investigative journalism and criminal justice writing.

“Being a part of such a large family is a heartwarming experience,” she said. “Not only do you build irreplaceable relationships, you also grow as an individual,” she said. “I encourage all girls to come join our fair family and learn new and exciting things. It’s an experience you will never regret!”

Chmelik said there “aren’t any hidden pages in my story, but one of the items on my bucket list is to get a book or one of my poems published.


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