XENIA — The 2014 Greene County 4-H Royal Family has been selected. King Matthew Hiser, Queen Ava Dicke, Prince Kolby Mueller and Princess Ashley Howard were crowned as fair royalty in a ceremony Sunday afternoon. Brevin Henninger was the runner-up for king and Sarah Young was the runner-up for queen.
King Matthew Hiser, 18, of Jamestown, is a member of the Noah’s Ark 4-H Club and Greeneview FFA. This is Hiser’s 10th year exhibiting at the fair. He is the son of John and Pamela Hiser.
“I really like the opportunity because I like to be a role model for others,” Hiser said. “It’s a leadership role….”
Queen Ava Dicke, 18, of Xenia, is a member of the Clover Patch 4-H Club. This is Dicke’s 13th year exhibiting at the fair. She is the daughter of Darby and Amy Dicke.
“It’s a really great honor, especially competing against such amazing girls,” Dicke said. “Having the honor of being queen is really awesome. It’s great being able to influence the youth and being a good, positive role model for them.”
Prince Kolby Mueller, 12, of Xenia, is a member of the Eager Beavers 4-H Club. This is Mueller’s fifth year as a 4-H member. He is the son of Mike and Gail Mueller.
Princess Ashley Howard, 13, of Beavercreek, is a member of Creek Clovers 4-H Club. This is Howard’s fifth year as a junior fair exhibitor. She is the daughter of Kathy Howard.
The annual awards are given to two girls and two boys in 4-H clubs from around the county. Prince and princess candidates must be ages 12-14 and have a minimum of two years of junior fair work, and king and queen candidates must be age 15 and up and have a minimum of four years of club work.
Each of the 14 applicants went through a private, scored interview before appearing on stage Sunday before a crowd to answer a serious and a humorous question.
Prince and princess candidates had to answer the questions, “If you had one million dollars to benefit the Greene County Fair, what would you do with it?” and “If you could have any superpower, what would it be?” King and queen candidates had to answer the questions, “If you were to notice a fellow contestant and friend cheating, what would you do?” and “If you could be any animal, what would you be?”
Throughout the judging process, candidates were given points based on poise, personality, responsiveness to questioning, their project record, junior fair and community activities, as well as a written essay. The combination of those elements yields the royal family.