Ellis, Williams crowned as fair queens

Aleeya Williams (left) and Rylie Ellis were crowned as queens of the Geary County Free Fair Thursday night.

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.

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