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Michener crowned JCF Queen, Holdeman named Princess

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 10:35 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 11:32 a.m. CDT
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Newly-crowned Jasper County Fair Queen Jaclyn Michener, right, and Princess Codi Holdeman, left, wave to a cheering crowd just before the horse riding commences at the county fair's Roundup and Rodeo Saturday evening.
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Newton Development Specialist Craig Armstrong asks Jasper County Fair Queen contestants questions on the stage in the 4-H building at the fairgrounds.

With eight worthy contestants, judges at the Jasper County Fair Queen contest had their hands full Saturday evening.

When all was said and done, however, only one contestant could be named Queen. This year, the honor went to 17-year-old Jaclyn Michener of Newton.

Growing up, Michener said, she looked up to all the past Jasper County Fair Queens. Participating in the contest is a great opportunity to grow in communication and leadership, she said.

Codi Holdeman, 17, of Reasnor took home the Princess crown. Holdeman has been coming to the county fair since she was a baby, she said, and was excited to participate in the contest.

Newton Development Specialist Craig Armstrong emceed the contest. He narrated the contestants’ clothing choices and asked them each one question during the contest held in the 4-H building at the fairgrounds.

The other contestants were Keely Birkenholtz, Bridget M. Carson, Logan Chandler, Jessica M. Jacobs, Mariah Wolfe and Allison Wood.