By Joel Penhorwood
At the Ohio Fair Managers’ Conference in Columbus at the beginning of January, young people from across the state came together to represent their respective counties and communities as they vied for the title of 2019 Ohio Fairs’ Queen. Chosen as this year’s representative was Lora Current of Champaign County.
Current is a freshman at Mount Vernon Nazarene University studying social work and theology and represented Champaign County as their 2018 Fair Queen.
“It was definitely a surprise. Very exciting. I went in there to try and do my best and represent our county well. It was a shock because no one from Champaign County has ever won before,” she said.
She has been heavily involved at the county fair level.
“I am one of seven kids — the younger end of that — so I’ve kind of grown up in the 4-H realm of things. I’ve shown market hogs, market chickens and sewing along with other miscellaneous projects.”
A busy year lies ahead for Current.
“I would like to represent Ohio at as many fairs as I can. A main goal I have is to create awareness for the fairs of Ohio — bringing kids into the program. I think there is something truly special with the fairs of Ohio where kids can learn and grow and it’s truly beneficial. I would like to see as many kids benefit from that as possible,” she said.
More from 2019 Ohio Fairs’ Queen Lora Current in this interview with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood after she was crowned.