2017 Somerset County Fair Queen

MIKAYLA HAGERTY

Farewell Speech

 

        Recently while looking through mementos from my past, I found a list that I createdwhen I first joined Somerset County 411 that detailed everything I wanted to accomplish. At the top of that list was being crowned Somerset County Fair Queen. On August 20,2017, my dream came true on the same day as my 19th birthday. Becoming Somerset County Fair Queen was the best birthday present I could ever imagine. Since that whirlwind day, 1 have cherished every moment.

        My week spent reigning over the fair was nothing short of amazing. This year made me feel honored to be a part of the Somerset County Fair family, and we truly are a family. This week was not only unprecedented for myself but for the whole fair community because of the outpouring of love and support. It began with coming together in prayer for Nora Kaufman by a huge group of people who encircled the track. it continued with the amazing display of generosity in the selling of a final 4-1-1 project whose proceeds would go to the memorial scholarship fund of Seth Landis, a personal friend of mine and a friend to many. The animal was donated back numerous times before finally being donated to a local fire company. Just when we all thought the Jr. Livestock Sale couldn't get any more special or emotional, the Wheeler family selflessly supported each 4-H'er and FFA member by ensuring they each got fair prices for their hard work.

        These highlights were just the icing on the top of the cake as the rest of the fair week was equally as sweet. Despite arriving at the fairgrounds early in the morning and not leaving until late into the night, I can't think of any place I would rather he. I cherish the moments I was able to connect with young people, the future of our fair. As a former 4-H'cr and pig showman, I teared up while handing out ribbons to hardworking livestock showman because of how proud I was of their accomplishments in the show ring. I loved seeing the smiles on the faces of little ones as I passed out plastic tiaras and crowned them "fair royalty" for the day. I had privilege of being the emcee of the Pet Parade, enjoyed meeting area senior citizens at the ice cream social, and had the honor of singing the National Anthem at the truck pull. It has been a pleasure to represent Somerset County agriculture not only within the county, but also at the state convention and Farm Show. My respect for and knowledge of this amazing industry has grown even deeper thanks to my time spent as Somerset County Fair Queen.

        There are many people I would like to thank for their unwavering support and encouragement they provided me throughout the past year. I owe a great deal to my wonderful parents, Dewey and Kathleen, for listening to my speech countless times and coming to every event to cheer me on. To my family and friends who travelled all the way to Meyersdale to root me on during the competition, I appreciate you more than you'll ever know.

        To my Hooversville Hayseeders, I am so thankful for the many memories we've had over the years, your cheers and signs, and all that you did to make me feel special.

        To Dottie and Miss Barb, thank you so much for always encouraging me to go after my dreams and being there every step of the way. To Beth, "my glam squad," thank you for coming near and far to help me look my best at each Fair Queen event.

        To Larry and Gale, the world's best fair queen coordinators, .1 am truly grateful for all of the hard work you put in to make this program possible. it is a dream-come-true experience that would not happen without you. To my fair princesses, Madi, Amanda, and Brooke, thank you for all of your help and dedication to the Somerset County Fair.

        To the Fairboard, thank you for all of your tireless work to make the Somerset County Fair possible. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and wisdom throughout the fair week.

    Finally, to my Somerset County Fair family, I will be forever grateful for all of your words of congratulations and well wishes throughout the fair week. Your smiles are what make the fair week truly special.

        As I reflect on my time spent as Somerset County Fair Queen, I will never forget the beautiful memories I have made. I look forward to the future of the Somerset County Fair and wish the next fair queen the best as she continues on this beautiful tradition.

 

Your 2017 Somerset County Fair Queen          

 

Mikayla Hagerty