County’s 4-H royalty crowned during special ceremony at Overbrook fair

The Osage County 4-H royalty was crowned during a ceremony Aug. 7 at the Overbrook Osage County Fair. Back row, from left, are last year’s king Josiah Shultz, finalist Allison Railsback, Queen Avery Mead, King Brandon Stahel, finalist Ethan Quaney, former queen Bailey Corwine; and front, attendants Chad Robert and Macy Berkley.


In the show arena at the Overbrook fairgrounds Wednesday evening, during a short ceremony that has been repeated over the past several years, new royalty was installed to reign over the county’s 4-H clubs for the next year.

During the Osage County 4-H King and Queen crowning ceremony, the 2012-2013 royalty, King Josiah Shultz and Queen Bailey Corwine, bestowed the honor on this year’s king and queen, Brandon Stahel and Avery Mead.

Two other finalists for the honor were Allison Railsback and Ethan Quaney.

Candidates are nominated by the local 4-H community club leaders; two boys and two girls can be nominated from each club. Nominees submit essays and applications to be considered for the honor, and during the annual fashion revue, the applications are judged and interviews are conducted. The winners are then crowned during the ceremony at the Overbrook Osage County Fair.

As the Osage County 4-H royalty the two will serve as ambassadors for the county’s 4-H clubs, attending events and activities, promoting 4-H, and meeting with potential and current members.

Mead and Stahel were recognized for their longtime involvement in 4-H and their willingness to help fellow members.

Avery Mead, daughter of Aaron and Maggie Mead, is in her ninth year in 4-H. Over the years she has served in most of the offices in her 4-H club,the North Osage 4-H Club. She has participated in numerous projects including her favorites, sheep, swine, leadership and photography. She will be a junior at West Franklin High School this fall, where she plays volleyball and softball and is a member of the dance team. She is also active in the West Franklin FFA Chapter, and is now the chapter president.

Brandon Stahel, son of Kim and Curtis Stahel, and also a member of North Osage 4-H Club, has been in 4-H for 10 years and has participated in projects such as sheep, cattle, rabbits, welding and fiber arts. He is the Hampshire breed director for Midwest Junior Preview Show, at Sedalia, Mo., has attended the All American Junior Show in Michigan, Iowa, Ohio and Missouri, and shown sheep at the North American Livestock Exposition, in Louisville, Ky. He’ll be a sophomore at Santa Fe Trail High School, where he will play in the marching and pep bands.

Allison Railsback is a nine-year member of the Willing Workers 4-H Club, and has served as secretary for four years, and is now the secretary for the 4-H County Council.

Ethan Quaney has been in 4-H for 10 years, and serves as secretary for the Burlingame 4-H Club and helps organize and lead many committees to help keep his club involved in the community.

Serving as announcer at the ceremony was Kylie Dicket, 4-H youth development agent for the Frontier Extension District. Attendants were Chad Robert and Macy Berkley.

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