Among the fairgoers keeping busy this week is Venango County Round-Up queen Sydney Kent, who is both fulfilling her roles as queen and participating in the fun. She has participated in the Barnyard Olympics while helping to pass out ribbons and showing her rabbits and lambs during her last year of 4-H eligibility.
Although the fair royalty is normally called the Venango County 4-H king and queen, 4-H is not associated with the fair events this year due to coronavirus-related restrictions. As a result, Kent said the fair volunteers allowed the name change so she and Round-Up king Jordan Armagost could still fulfill their roles this year.
“It’s really great that they got to have a place for us to still perform the things we would have been able to do through 4-H,” Kent said.
After realizing what the 4-H queen is, Kent said she geared her 4-H career to help with the queen selection process in hopes of wearing the crown one day.
Kent said she is grateful to still be able to fulfill her duties as queen, which include assisting with exhibition shows and emceeing the livestock auction at the end of the week.
“It takes a lot more than wearing the crown,” Kent said.
Overall, though, Kent said her favorite part of being in 4-H has been helping younger 4-Hers with their animals and projects.
Round-Up events continue today with the beef show and ongoing Barnyard Olympics. The Friends of the Fair presentation and memorial for Rainy Linn will also be held at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Kiwanis Bowl.
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