It wasn’t long after Rachel Parker was named 2015 Clark County Fair Queen that she exchanged her formal gown for something more casual. After all, she had a sheep to show that very same day.
“I don’t look anything like a fair queen, wearing a button-up and boots and jeans,” Parker remembered.
The 2014 graduate of Northeastern High School took sheep to the fair from elementary school through last year. This year, however, she will be cheering on her sister’s sheep and cows.
Parker has been a Clark County Fair fixture. Aside from sheep, she also has shown a dairy calf and pygmy goat and has completed a variety of miscellaneous 4-H projects, from archery to creative writing. As a high school student, she was the last person one year to catch a pig at that fair’s pig scramble, even as she lost a boot when the sole ripped off.
Parker, 20, of South Vienna, advises the newest Clark County Fair Queen to take advantage of her opportunities.
As fair queen, she enjoyed exploring parts of the Clark County Fair that she hadn’t often visited, like the steer barn. Parker also competed in the Ohio State Fair’s queen contest and visited a number of other county fairs.
She will be a junior at Ohio State University this fall, a computer science major who is also pre-med and competes on the varsity rowing team.
Alex Ryan, public relations coordinator for the Clark County Fair, praised her tenure and said that so many little girls wanted to try on Parker’s crown and get a picture with her.
“She’s represented Clark County well and to her best ability,” he said.
Parker said that being named fair queen marked a turning point for a new phase in her life.
“It was a really good way to round out the end of my 4-H and fair career and my youth,” Parker said.