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Junior Fair royalty crowned


WELLINGTON — Being at the fair is one thing.

Being named the 2013 Lorain County Junior Fair King and Queen is something completely different. That is the memory Stephen Elder, 19, and Christine Balint, 17, will forever have after they were crowned fair royalty on the opening day of the fair Monday.

“It’s kind of surprising. I’m happy and excited,” said Elder, of Penfield Township. “This is the best way to represent the Lorain County Fair. I mean, every 4-H member and participant in the junior fair is doing their part to represent what the fair means, but being the king or queen means so much more.”

Elder is a 2012 graduate of Keystone High School and the Lorain County Joint Vocational School. He attends Lorain County Community College where he studies construction management.

Balint, who lives in Florence Township and is a senior at Firelands High School, said the honor in being named queen can be found in the eyes of other little girls who have dreams of being queen.

“Little girls look up to you,” she said. “My little cousin is in the princess stage and she wanted to take a picture with me. It warms my heart.”

The duo, along with the 2013 Lorain County Junior Fair Royal Court, will have a lot of things to do in the coming weeks from speaking engagements to public appearances while wearing their trademark crown, tiara and sashes. But their week will not be all pomp and circumstance. Both have other duties — some downright dirty — to perform as well.

“There is no denying it. I will be here all week 24/7,” said Elder.

He will show a market hog, market lamb and woodworking project this year.

Balint also will be just as busy with her two hogs, hen and duck projects.

“Everything will just feel more memorable for me this year because I’m queen. It will be a good busy I will always treasure,” she said.

Nine young ladies vied for queen and four made it to the royal court along with Balint. They are Emily Edwards, first runner-up, Emma Ranney and Candace Allen.

Just two guys — Elder and Ben Klier — make up this year’s king’s court.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.

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