Osage County crowns 4-H king and queen at Overbrook fair

Back row, from left, 2014 4-H King Cody Atchison, 2015 4-H Queen Candidate Ralyn Patrick, 2015 4-H King Raymond Hovestadt, 2015 4-H Queen Tracy Wilk,  and 2014 4-H Queen Morgan Woodbury; front, attendants Brealyn McNally and Will Lowery, following the crowning ceremony at the Overbrook Osage County Fair.

In a ceremony held Aug. 12 at the Overbrook Osage County Fair, Raymond Hovestadt, Burlingame, and Tracy Wilk, Osage City, were crowned as the 2015-2016 Osage County 4-H King and Queen. Ralyn Patrick, Burlingame, was also vying for the Queen title. 

Attendants Brealyn McNally and Will Lowery helped with the ceremony, along with past 4-H King Cody Atchison and 4-H Queen Morgan Woodbury.  The competition was organized by Osage County 4-H Council.

Candidates’ bios:

4-H King Raymond Hovestadt – Raymond has been a 4-year 4-H member of the Burlingame 4-H Club.  In those four years Raymond has had a blast. He has made so many close friends through the 4-H program. He has always tried to be a leader. He sees being Osage County’s 4-H King as a perfect opportunity to continue his leadership skills. Raymond will do his best to be a good 4-H King and help fellow 4-H members. He wants say thank you to everyone for this opportunity.

4-H Queen Tracy Wilk – Tracy is a 10-year member of the Willing Workers 4-H Club. Prior to that Tracy participated in the fair as a peewee showman in the sheep division, participating in the shepherd’s lead open class contest and baking and exhibiting in open class.

Leadership is important to Tracy; she has served as the club’s secretary for the past two years, the club historian for four years, and club treasurer for one year. Tracy believes it is important for each 4-H club to have strong leadership from its older members as models for younger 4-H members. She was a Frontier Extension District Citizenship Washington Focus delegate in 2014 and recommends that all 4-Hers participate in the CWF program. Raising and showing sheep is Tracy’s favorite project. She also enjoys crochet, photography, clothing, arts, and foods and nutrition. Tracy will be a junior at Osage City High School this fall, where she is the band drum major and a member of OCHS Student Council. She will also participate in cross country and the school’s play this year.

Queen candidate Ralyn Patrick has been a seven year member of the Burlingame 4-H Club. Her favorite part of 4-H was being a camp counselor this summer. She enjoyed working with the kids and being part of their new experiences. Ralyn also learned a lot about her own leadership style. For example, Ralyn has four little brothers and providing leadership for them can be a challenge sometimes, but she loves them very much. She is also a youth leader in her church and works in the nursery on Sunday mornings. She plays the flute and is currently learning to play the violin. She enjoys her 4-H club, fund raisers, field trips, and volunteering in the community. Entering her projects in the fairs is also rewarding. Her greatest accomplishment was winning grand champion on her ceramic pieces that she had worked so hard to make perfect. She has learned leadership skills in 4-H and has made many new friends. She believes everyone is very supportive of one another and considers everyone in her 4-H club like a second family.

Rules to be a candidate require that the 4-Her be between the ages of 14 and 18, be nominated by their 4-H club leaders, submit an application, and participate in a personal interview. The 4-H King and Queen will serve one year and have a variety of responsibilities, including promoting 4-H, being visible at the county fairs to hang out ribbons, helping host other countywide 4-H events, and participate in next year’s crowning ceremony to pass on their titles.

Sponsors for the event were Overbrook Floral, Overbrook Fair Board, Osage County 4-H Council, PK Country Designs, and 4-H King and Queen Committee, including Kelly Atchinson, Jennifer Roberts and Patty Atchison.

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2015-2016 4-H King Raymond Hovestadt and Queen Tracy Wilk.

Information and photos thanks to Jessica Flory, 4-H youth development program assistant, Frontier Extension District.


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