TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- It was a hot week in Shawnee County, however that didn't stop the 2017 fair from being a success. This year's fair saw a rise in the number of entries and an increase in the enrollment rate in 4-H. On Sunday, the Shawnee County Fair wrapped its four day stretch on a high note with the crowning of the 4-H King and Queen.
The ceremony was emceed by 13NEWS' Melissa Brunner and put together by the 2016 King and Queen, Robert Schulz and Amanda Miller.
It was announced that Matt Krainbill of the Paw Prints Dog Club and Tamara McConnell of the 4-H Exchange are the 2017 4-H King and Queen. Molly Biggs of the Indian Creek 4-H Club was named the Runner-Up.
Both members of the crown were excited for the chance to further their roles in the club.
"[It's a] pretty honorary role" said 4-H King Matt Krainbill. "You know, you get to do things around 4-H and at the fair and things like that, but it's very honorary to show how far you've gone and be a role model for younger kids. "When I was 7 years old you always looked up to the King and Queen. You see the King and Queen wearing the sash and you're like that's what I want to be when I get older."
"The fact that we get to reach out to a larger audience of youth and impact more youth is awesome" said Queen Tamara McConnell.