A Lewis Cass Jr./Sr. High School grad was crowned 2014 Miss Cass County to a standing-room-only crowd at the 4-H fairgrounds’ Exhibition Building Sunday night.
Claire Crum is the county’s 54th fair queen. Her biography states she plans to attend the University of Findlay this winter to major in animal science and minor in western equestrian studies.
As the contestants modeled their evening gowns down the runway of the Exhibition Building Sunday night, they were each asked an impromptu question based on interviews they held with the contest’s judges earlier in the day.
Crum was asked to look back on her decade in 4-H and determine what the greatest strength of the program was. She answered it is “the volunteers who step forward to make all of the activities possible.”
She was one of nine contestants vying for the title. First runner up was Brooke Bullard, second runner up was Haley Maxwell and third runner up was Hannah Donovan. Awards for outstanding professional wear went to Raylie Hunt and outstanding formal wear went to Haley Maxwell. Miss Photogenic was Hannah Donovan and Miss Congeniality was Abbie McKaig.
Katy Hembrough, who was Miss Cass County in 2003, and 2013 Miss Cass County Emily Robertson cohosted the event. The duo scored laughs from attendees by taking a page out of Ellen DeGeneres’ book and snapping selfies with the audience on their mobile phones that they posted to social media, which the comedienne did when she hosted the Academy Awards earlier this year.
Hembrough said the contest’s three judges, Erika Burghardt, Christy Ellis-Owings and Alan Washburn based their decisions on the interviews and their evaluations of the girls’ poise, confidence, personality and their modeling in the Exhibition Building.
Crowns were awarded to younger girls throughout the evening as well. Winner of the Little Miss division, comprised of 7- to 11-year-olds, was Finley Hettinger. The crown for the Jr. Miss division’s 12- to 14-year-olds went to Paley Scott. Fifteen- through 17-year-olds competed in the Teen Miss Division and the winner was Karli DeHaven.