Adams Central High School junior Devan Barger is reigning over the 2011 Adams County 4-H Fair today, having been named this year's Distinguished Ambassador on Tuesday night.
Bellmont High spring graduate Paul Mesing was announced as the Royal Ambassador.
Despite the ongoing heat, a large crowd turned out in Monroe for what is traditionally the fair's biggest night, highlighted by the annual parade and the ambassador ceremonies.
The fair begins heading for the homestretch today. The dairy show and goat show were held this morning. The Junior Leader cornhole challenge and the horse and pony senior show are on tap at 5 p.m. The beef show follows at 6.
Razz M' Jazz dancers will perform on the stage at 7 tonight and the Junior Leader karaoke is set for 8.
Rabbits and poultry will be released to their owners starting at 9 tonight.
Thursday's final-day schedule is rather light, save one of the fair's annual major attractions: the livestock auction. It is due to get under way at 4 p.m.
Barger, the daughter of Bob and Donna Barger, has been in 4-H since kindergarten. She has been active in the swine, dog, veterinary science, animal posters, foods, and photography divisions, winning numerous awards, including grand championships.
Devan is vice president of the Adams County 4-H Junior Leaders and was a longtime member of the Lucky Lonestars 4-H Club.
At AC, she is a varsity cheerleader, wrestling manager, and member of the Swing Choir, FFA, and Campus Life. She is on the missions academic board at AC, the executive council of Sunshine Society, and the Substance Abuse Awareness Council.
She teaches clog dancing, was an intern at Smith's Veterinary Hospital at Berne, and plans to get a college degree in veterinary science.
Mesing, the son of Wally and Carla Mesing, is a 10-year member of 4-H, now serving as president of the Preble Trailblazers 4-H Club.
He is a six-year member of Junior Leaders. of which he is president, and received a state FFA degree last year. At BHS, he was a member of the National Honor Society.
Paul is active in tractors, model-building, starter calves, and bicycles and was the 2010 state and national champion in the FFA senior lawn and garden tractor division. He also won the 2006 state lawn and garden tractor junior division title.
He graduated this year from Bellmont High School and will attend the University of Northwestern Ohio to major in agricultural mechanics.
He works for Nussbaum Mechanical and Borne Farms.