Geary County Free Fair organizers did not receive any fair king applications, so two queens were crowned instead Thursday night at the 4-H Senior Center.
Rylie Ellis will serve as one fair queen. When her name was announced, she said she was really nervous, and was not thinking a whole lot as the crown was placed on her head. Ellis will be a junior Junction City High School this year, and said she had dreamed of being a fair queen for quite some time. To finally accomplish it is something Ellis will always treasure, she said.
“When I first joined (4-H) when I was seven years old, that’s something I wanted to do in the future,” Ellis said.
Aleeya Williams will serve as the other fair queen. Williams has been involved with 4-H for four years. Rebecca Thomas, who was a fair queen a couple years ago, served as an inspiration for Williams wanting to wear the crown herself one day, she said.
“The way (Thomas) was talking about 4-H and how exciting it was, and how much fun she was having made me excited too,” Williams said. “She had a really good influence on me about it.”
Williams will be a senior year at Chapman High School this year, and hopes her reign as queen has a positive influence on younger fair participants in future years.
“I just want to make a good impression on the future kids coming up,” Williams said. “That would be a meaningful thing. And keep them entertained and having fun at 4-H.”
Geary County Free Fair events will run through next week.