Rock County 4-H Fair 2012 royalty named
JANESVILLE Milton made a strong showing for the second year in a row at the 2012 Rock County 4-H Fair Royalty coronation ceremony Tuesday night.
Lauren Metcalf of Milton 4-H and Jon Jennings of Milton FFA were crowned queen and king at the coronation ceremony Tuesday at the fairgrounds grandstand.
It's the second consecutive year the fair's queen has come from Milton 4-H.
Metcalf wore tears of happiness as she embraced her grandparents, Stewart and Marian Paul, after the ceremony.
"Ten years ago, I told Marian, I hope we live long enough to see Lauren get named queen," Stewart Paul said.
"4-H is big in my family," Metcalf said. "My mom was queen in 1971, and both of my grandparents were 4-H leaders, so it's been kind of a family affair."
Metcalf is a 13-year member of Milton 4-H and a sophomore at Texas A&M, where she is majoring in agriculture leadership and development. She said her time at the university aided her in the interview process, which involved questions about how she would promote agriculture.
"I'm part of agriculture advocacy group at Texas A&M, so I was able to talk about that (issue)," she said.
Jennings was calm but all smiles after the ceremony.
"It's going to be a lot of hard work," he said of the gig. "The fair's only a week long, but this is a year-long job."
Jennings said his time in 4-H has taught him some useful lessons.
"I attended the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., and it was life-changing for me," he said. "It helped me develop my communication skills and learn to become a role model. I also interacted with people from different cultures, people from all over the country that I would not have interacted with if I stayed in Milton."