Posted: 5:20 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013

Family traditions rule for Butler County Fair king, queen

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Family traditions rule for Butler County Fair king, queen photo
The 2013 Butler County Fair King and Queen are Joey Wolf, of Trenton, and Megan Hingsbergen of Hamilton.

By Richard Jones

Staff Writer


As if being crowned King and Queen of the Butler County Fair wasn’t enough of a tradition, this year’s royalty are keeping it in the family.

Megan Hingsbergen, 17, an early elementary education major at Miami University Hamilton, is the third of her siblings to earn fair royalty status. Her sister, the recently-wed Erin Orians, was selected Queen in 2009 and her brother Evan Hingsbergen, was crowned king in 2010.

King Joey Wolf, 19, a mathematics student at Miami University in Oxford, is the first in his family to be named to fair royalty, but he’s a third generation 4-H participant and was encouraged to get into the program by his grandfather.

Hingsbergen and Wolf were crowned at the opening of the 163rd Butler County Fair on Sunday, and by Monday morning were busily strolling the Fairgrounds greeting well-wishers and handing out ribbons for ribbon-winning 4-H projects at noon.

Both have been 4-H participants for 11 years, they said, and both have long had their eye on the crown.

“I’ve been going to the competitions since I was 6 years old,” Hingsbergen said.

“It’s always been a dream of mine,” Wolf said. “I’ve always looked up to the kings, and I wanted to be that person, too.”

Hingsbergen said that being home-schooled, 4-H was an avenue to meet with other children to socialize and to work on projects.

“Even after going off to college, it’s still a big part of our life,” she said, noting that she has two younger siblings who are active in 4-H and eager for their own crown.

She said that the road to royalty began a few months ago with “several pages” of an application that included at least four essay questions probing their opinions and feelings about 4-H and the fair, and then last week, the top candidates were interviewed by fair and 4-H officials and past kings and queens.

“I did it last year, too, so I used my past experience as a help,” she said.

In addition to presiding over 4-H awards ceremonies, the king and queen will spend the rest of the week greeting visitors and attending as many events as possible.

In January, they will be eligible to enter the competition at the state level to become the King and/or Queen of the Ohio State Fair in 2014.


The Butler County Fair continues through Saturday at the Butler County Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton. Upcoming highlights include:


  • 9 a.m.: Junior Fair horse show, English and dressage
  • 10:30 a.m.: Pie judging and arts and crafts judging
  • 1 p.m.: Antique tractor pull
  • 2 p.m.: Junior Fair dog obedience and rally
  • 6 p.m.: Pie and cake auction
  • 7 p.m.: Truck and tractor pull



  • Senior Citizen Day. Senior citizens admitted free.
  • 8:30 a.m.: Junior Fair boer doe market and showmanship
  • 9 a.m.: Junior Fair horse contesting
  • 9 a.m.: 4-H demonstration contest
  • 1 p.m.: Flower show
  • 1:30 p.m.: Junior Fair beef showmanship
  • 2 p.m.: Senior Citizens Show
  • 7 p.m.: Central Ohio Truck Pullers



  • 8:30 a.m.: Open class market goat show
  • 9 a.m.: Junior Fair Horse Fun Show
  • 10 a.m.: FCCLA Bake-A-Rama
  • 11:30 a.m.: Men’s bake-off
  • 2 p.m.: Junior Fair dog free style, agility and fun day
  • 7 p.m.: N.T.P.A. Tractor Pull



  • 8:30 a.m.: Skillathon contests
  • 9 a.m.: Horse fun show
  • 11 a.m.: Parade
  • 1:30 p.m.: Farm Bureau Fun Day tractor pull
  • 3 p.m.: Farm Bureau Fun Day Country Olympics,
  • 7 p.m.: Demolition derby
  • 7:30 p.m.: Junior Fair showman of showmen contests



  • 9 a.m.: Junior Fair livestock sale
  • 9 a.m.: Horse awards program
  • 7 p.m.: Tug-a-Truck


Admission: $7 per day adults, $2 children

More info: 513-892-1423

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