Shawnee County Crowns 4-H Royalty

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Shawnee County Fair capped off its opening day by crowning the 2014 4-h royalty.

Area clubs nominated five young ladies and five young men for the honor. After written applications, speeches and interviews, the winners were announced in a ceremony Thursday night at the Kansas Expocentre's Exhibition Hall. Chelsey Johnston of Grove 4-H club will wear the crown as 4-H Queen, while Scott Rak from Deer Trail and Paw Prints will reign as 4-H King.

Outgoing royalty Kayla Hernandez and Drew Perkuhn also were recognized and each had a chance to honor a person who has supported their 4-H careers by awarding then a crown. Charlene Patton and Diana Hutchison were recognized as honorary queens this year.

13's Melissa Brunner was on hand to emcee the event for a tenth year. For that, organizers surprised her with her own crown and sash as Mistress of Ceremonies. Also earning special recognition was Ervin Sanders, who has spearheaded the King and Queen program for several years.

The Shawnee County Fair runs through Sunday at the Kansas Expocentre. Parking and admission are free.