WELLINGTON — Beneath her long purple gown, Michaela Price had on the perfect pair of shoes to showcase her style.
A dark blue pair of cowgirl boots.
After all, the Lorain County Fair stops for no one. Not even for the 2014 Lorain County Junior Fair queen — Price, 18, of Wellington Township, was crowned fair royalty Monday.
The 2014 Lorain County Junior Fair king is Ben Klier, 19, of Pittsfield Township.
Both will represent the fair this week as well as make appearances all over the state for the next year. The Lorain County Senior Fair Board gave both a $1,000 college scholarship.
It will be a whirlwind experience for both, but something they say they are ready to take on.
“I’m as ready as I’ll ever be,” said Klier, who was a runner up for king last year. Since then, Klier said being named president of the Junior Fair Board and starting his own dairy farm were big accomplishments.
But being this year’s king is still a feather in his cap.
“I get to experience the fair in a whole new way,” he said.
Price, who said she has looked up to the fair royalty since she was a young girl, has a long history with the fair. With two older sisters, Price has been attending since she was a baby. An 11-year 4-H member, Price has shown junior fair projects for 10 years. It has taught her a lot about what people think of the fair.
“There are people in the world who have no idea where our livestock comes from or about the agricultural world,” she said.
She sees her run as queen as a perfect way to advocate for agricultural life.
For Klier, his time as king will be keeping with a family tradition.
“Both my older brothers got the honor, and now I’m ready to represent our fair around the state,” he said.
This year’s fair court includes first runner-up king Austin Washburn, first runner-up queen Madeline Ott as well as Madison Bremke, Katie Cline and Eryn Greenless.