DOVER The selection of the new junior fair king and queen is one of the first events to take place each year at the Tuscarawas County Fair.
The 2011 royalty were selected during the annual coronation ceremony, held at the main arena Sunday night before the fair officially started.
Keaven Vogel, 16-year old son of Keith and Wendy Vogel was crowned king, while Clarissa Mutti,18-year old daughter of Kevin and Sheila Mutti, was crowned queen. They are both Stone Creek residents.
Keaven is an eight year member of the 4-H Farmers and Friends 4-H Club. He is a junior at Garaway High School, and said he has been given as many days off from classes as he needs to fulfill his fair duties. He is a member of the Garaway football team and Industrial Arts Club.
Some of his 4-H projects have included basic archery, gun safety, small engines, broilers and rabbits. This year, he had a beef breeding project.
Keaven, who received his kings medallion from John Newell, the 2010 fair king, said he has always been proud of the Tuscarawas County Fair and now he is proud to be able to represent the fair.
Other king contestants were Bryer Schupp,17, son of Todd and Jackie Schupp of New Philadelphia, an Indian Valley High School senior, a nine-year member of Buckhorn Buckshots 4-H Club and four-year member of Indian Valley FFA; and Bradley Mayfield, 16, son of Annette Marshall of Dover, a new Philadelphia High School senior and nine-year member of Brisky Buckeyes 4-H Club.
Clarissa was crowned by her successor, Eryn Vogel, Keavens sister. She said that in addition to taking care of her regular fair duties, she plans to attend most area fairs and the state fair, and possibly promote dairy in some area schools.
She is a 10-year member of the Milkmakers 4-H Club and a six-year member of Town and Country 4-H Club. Dairy projects have dominated Clarissas 4-H career for a good reason-she has grown up on her familys dairy farm Mutti Dairy Farm.
The queens other 4-H projects include cake decorating, quick breads and photography. She has held several offices for her clubs, including vice president, secretary and treasurer.
She is presently a freshman at Kent State University where she is studying business management and technology. She attends Jerusalem Church where she is actively a part of TCC-Teens Encountering Christ Youth group.
The new fair queen is no stranger to royalty, having served as the 2009 Tuscarawas County Senior Dairy Princess. She had previously served as the 2008 junior dairy princess and was an attendant in the 2006 royal court.
Members of the queens court were Tara Jones, 17, daughter of Bob and Peg Jones of Dundee, a Garaway High School senior and six-year member of 4-H Junior Achievers; Kira Oliver, 17, daughter of Ruth Oliver of Dennison, a Buckeye Career Center senior and nine-year member of 4-H Outlaws and four-year member of Buckeye FFA; and Jessica Pitcher, 16, a home schooled senior and four-year member of Tusky Valley Stars 4-H Club.