SIDNEY – Fremont County’s poultry showmanship champion prevailed over its cherry pie champion to be named the Fremont County Fair Queen.
Queen Kaylee Wright is pursuing a medical career, but told the audience gathered at the coronation Tuesday that she has a passion for showing chickens.
Wright: “I show poultry. I always have. I will until I can’t anymore. Why? They are so cute, fluffy and feathery. And they are adorable. No matter what anyone else says, I love chickens. And they are not scary.”
Runner-up Sophie White is a senior at Sidney High School, where she participates in speech, choir, quiz bowl, cross country and Business Professionals of America. She is also a former champion of the fair’s cherry pie contest.
Wright won her first poultry showmanship trophy in 2013 and showed the grand champion egg layer last year. She also has the trophy for the grand champion bantam bird.
Wright: “A bantam is basically a miniature size of any breed you can think of. They are really cute. They are about six inches tall, furry most of the time. They’re very cute.”
Wright also participates in track, choir and school play. She is a member of the Health Occupation Students of America and National Honor Society.
Savannah Hall was named miss congeniality. The 16-year-old daughter of David and Susanne Hall is a junior at Sidney, where she participates in volleyball and cheerleading.
Miss citizenship went to Rebecca Straw of Anderson, Iowa. The Sidney junior is a Celebrating Art Award recipient and participates in student council, band, FFA and track team.
Wright said she was inspired by past fair queens and is determined to be a good role model for those that follow. She said she is overjoyed at the opportunity to represent Fremont County as the fair queen.
Candidates are judged on personality, charm, attitude and county fair awareness.