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2011 Lorain County Fair king and queen crowned

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WELLINGTON -- Danielle Heffernan and Andrew Gest were crowned king and queen of the 2011 Lorain County Fair during opening ceremonies today.

Danielle Heffernan and Andrew Gest.

Heffernan, 18, of Amherst, is a Marion L. Steel graduate. Gest, 18, of Grafton, is a Midview grad.

"I was definitedly very excited," Heffernan said. "When I was little in 4-H, we'd always look at the king and queen in fair and see them in their pretty dresses. It's exciting to finally be in that position."

"I'd just like to say congratulations to the other contestants -- they all did a great job," Gest said.

Heffernan, a member of the Amherst Critters and Such 4-H group as well as a Junior Fair Board member, will leave for Ohio University two days after the fair wraps up. She plans to major in business management.

Gest, Junior Fair Board president, will attend Ohio State University and major in construction management.

"It's natural for me to be here," Heffernan said of the fair, explaining that she was "born into it."

Gest agreed.

"My family's always been involved in the fair. We've always brought 4-H projects out here," he said. "It was just part of my life when I was growing up."

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