By Carol McIntire
Megan Poorman and Dakota Walters were crowned 2018 Carroll County Fair queen and king during a ceremony on the opening day of the fair.
The ceremony was held in the basement meeting room of the Senior Friendship Center, which brought smiles to the faces of the crowd as they entered the packed room, since it is air conditioned.
Diane Wirkner, who heads up the contest along with Karla Wells, said Carroll County is blessed with great youth.
“We have so many great kids in Carroll County,” she said. “They represent our county well and we should all be proud of them. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a lot of boys competing for king this year, so we increased the court to include a first and second runner-up to the queen.”
Poorman was selected from a field of five contestants for queen. She is the daughter of Art and Kim Poorman of Malvern. She will be a senior at Perry High School this fall where she is a member of the marching band, symphonic winds and jazz bands. She is a member of Brown Frame Round-Up, Carroll County Shooting Sports, Jr. Fairboard and Teen Leaders.
She was crowned by Eliza Days, 2017 fair queen.
Walters was the lone candidate for king. He is the son of Emma Walters of Carrollton. He is 18 years old and in his final year of competition at the county fair. He is a 2018 graduate of Carrollton High School and will be a freshman at Stark State College this fall. He is a member of the Carrollton High School FFA Chapter and the county 4-H program.
Alivia Romeo, 17, daughter of Roger and Alison Romeo of Bowerston, was crowned first runner-up to the queen. Rebecca Gromley, 18, daughter of Neil and Corinna Gromley of Kensington, was crowned second runner-up.
Craig Brackin, 12, son of Jim and Leslie Brackin of Carrollton, was crowned prince from a field of two contestants, and Ariel Romeo, daughter of Roger and Alison Romeo of Bowerston, was crowned princess.
Lucy Pridemore, 2017 princess, assisted with the crowning ceremony.
Members of the court received a variety of gifts donated by numerous sponsors.