Kendall Spencer named 2021 Clark County Fair Queen

Kendall Spencer, the 2021 Clark County Fair Queen, wipes away tears as 2020 Fair Queen Mozie Van Raaij puts a diamond necklace on her Saturday at the conclusion of the contest. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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Kendall Spencer, the 2021 Clark County Fair Queen, wipes away tears as 2020 Fair Queen Mozie Van Raaij puts a diamond necklace on her Saturday at the conclusion of the contest. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Kendall Spencer’s Clark County Fair journey started when she was only 9-months-old. Her latest fair path saw Spencer earning a crown and sash on Saturday as she was crowned the 2021 Clark County Fair Queen.

Spencer, a senior at Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield, was one of six candidates competing in the annual ceremony. The title came with a $500 scholarship.

First runner-up was Madison Trinkle, a sophomore at Ohio University, who earned a $300 scholarship, and second runner-up with a $200 scholarship was Abigail Getz, a junior at GISA.

Shawnee senior Katherine Sprowl was presented the Community Service Award at the event. Other queen candidates included Morgan Forshey, a senior at Kenton Ridge, and Morghanne Reisinger, a senior at GISA.

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Following her crowning, Spencer found herself emotionally overwhelmed as she posed for pictures and received congratulations and hugs from family, friends and well-wishers. But it came with a mixture of happiness and a measure of sadness.

The sadness stemmed from the loss of her grandfather, John Spencer, in 2018. She’d hoped he’d be in the audience as she imagined reaching this moment, but also felt maybe he was there in spirit.

“It has been a huge dream of mine. It was a feeling of you can do anything he always gave me,” she said.

Spencer confessed she was a little hesitant to run in a time when the pandemic is still lingering. Not getting a state position spurred her determination

“I had one more year to run and thought maybe I’d wait, but some things present themselves,” she said. “Even if I didn’t get that state office it made me push myself in doing this.”

Among her goals as queen is to encourage the youngest 4-H members and fair participants to stick with the program even when it gets demanding and to get others involved.

“When I was young, I always looked up to the fair queen. Now I want to be there for them,” said Spencer.

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She also wants to spread the word about 4-H and its history in her hometown, where the program originated. Spencer wants to visit local schools to build awareness and pride in it.

“A lot of other fairs talk about (4-H). Being able to say we are the birthplace of 4-H is an honor,” said Spencer.

Sprowl earned the Community Service Award, which came with a $200 scholarship, for her work with service dogs, volunteering with her family at 4 Paws for Ability in Xenia. Her service dog, Maaza, attended Saturday’s ceremony.

She’s working to breed pups who will eventually become search-and-rescue dogs to help in cases such as finding lost children.

The ceremony also marked the farewell for 2020 Clark County Fair Queen Mozie Van Raaij. The 2020 Southeastern High graduate and current Ohio State student fought back tears as she used home as a theme in her address to the crowd, counting the Fair and 4-H as much as any physical address.

The Clark County Fair will run daily through Friday.


How to go

Clark County Fair opens to the public Friday and runs through July 30. Gates open at 8 a.m. Midway opens at noon. Admission is $6, which includes parking and entry into all concerts. Admission is free for children 5 and younger. Rides require tickets, or a wristband purchased separately.

Clark County Fairgrounds are located at 4401 South Charleston Pike, Springfield.

Today (Junior Fair Board Day)

9 a.m. Church Service - CTC Shelter

9 a.m. Open Class Rabbit Show - Big Tent

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Heritage Center Tractor Show*

Noon: Midway opens

1 p.m. Wood Carver

2 p.m. Lawrenceville Church of God - Music - CTC Shelter

3 p.m. Sea Lion Show

4 p.m. Mini Circus

4 p.m. Wood Carver

5 p.m. Kiddie Tractor Pull - Arts & Crafts

5 p.m. Big Tent - First Christian & Medway Christian Churches

5 p.m. Sea Lion Show

6 p.m. Mini Circus

6 p.m. Wood Carver

7 p.m. Demolition Derby - Track

7 p.m. Sea Lion Show

8 p.m. Mini Circus

8 p.m. Wood Carver

9 p.m. Sea Lion Show

10 p.m. Mini Circus

* Field Marshal Tractor starts with a shot gun shell demonstration at 2, 4 and 6 p.m.

Source: Clark County Fair