by Elizabeth Wehman, editor

Those participating in the upcoming 2016 Shiawassee County Fair Queen Pageant on Saturday, April 16 will have the honor of reigning as the queen over this year’s festivities and events at the fairgrounds. The winner of the event will also represent the fair at many local festivals and parades. This year’s candidates are as follows:

Hailey Andres, 17, from New Lothrop. Andres has been a summer intern with the Shiawassee Conservation District and has shown beef, lambs, dogs, and projects in the Exhibit Barn for the past nine years. She attends New Lothrop High School and is a senior this year. Her parents are Bruce and Barb Andres.

Jordyn Barta, 18, from Owosso is currently attending Michigan State University studying nursing. For the past nine years, Barta has shown steers and lambs at the Shiawassee County Fair. She graduated from Chesaning High School in 2015. Her parents are Gary and Saundra Barta.

Brittney Butcher, 17, from Owosso and currently attends Grand Blanc High School as a senior. She has entered exhibits at the fair as well as showing dogs for over 10 years. She currently works at McDonald’s in Corunna. Her parents are Brett and Jennifer Butcher.

Janelle DeClerg, 17, from Durand is currently a senior at Durand High School. She plans on attending Michigan State University and majoring in agricultural education. She has been a part of the fair for the past eight years showing beef, sheep, swine, and poultry. Her parents are Bert and Majorie DeClerg.

Sara Hendzel, 18, of Perry is a senior at Perry High School. For thirteen years, she has been a part of the Shiawassee County Fair and has shown beef, swine, goats, rabbit, poultry, and photography. She currently works at Tractor Supply Company as a team member. Her parents are John and Enza Hendzel.

Cheyann Jackson, 18, of Oakley, has been a part of the fair for the past ten years. She has shown rabbits, chickens, goats, and has also entered exhibits. She is currently a senior at Chesaning Union High School and will attend Baker College and study agricultural technology. Her parents are Larry and Mary Jackson.

Allison Luchenbill, 18, of Durand is currently a senior at Durand High School. She began entering exhibits 12 years ago and has also shown swine, beef, and dairy since the age of five. She is currently a barista at Stomping Grounds Coffee Shop. She plans on attending Michigan State University and studying Comparative Cultures and Politics. Her parents are Scott and Karla Luchenbill.

Bailey Reasner, 18, of Corunna, has been a part of the fair for the past six years showing dogs and exhibits. She is a senior at Corunna High School where she has received many awards in choir. Her mother is Nechole Reasner.

Emilee Warren, 18, of Flushing, is currently a senior at New Lothrop High School. She has shown beef, swine, and lambs at the Shiawassee County Fair for the past nine years. She plans on attending Central Michigan University in the fall. Her parents are Christine and Derrick Knieper.

Samantha Whitehead, 18, of Chesaning, is currently a senior at Chesaning Union High School. For eight years she has shown swine, sheep, poultry, rabbit, photography, and art at the Shiawassee County Fair. She currently works as a caregiver. Her parents are Lynette Jackson and Larron Jones.

Shiawassee Fair Queen Candidates for 2016 was last modified: April 13th, 2016 by Karen Elford