Eight 4-H members will vie for the title of McLean County 4-H Fair King and Queen during a contest beginning at 7:00 pm Wednesday, Aug. 3 in the Cloverleaf Auditorium at the McLean County Fairgrounds.
Court members Caroline Creager, Katrina Lilienthal, Sydney Monroe, Breanne Penn, Emma Rients, Sarah Widener, Eli Tobin and Jordan Witte were chosen during a preliminary contest July 13. Winners will reign over the McLean County Fair, which runs August 3-7.
Creager, 18, is the daughter of Rosita Creager and James Creager of Mackinaw. She is a ten-year member of the Dry Grove 4-H Club. Her most meaningful 4-H award was being named a McLean County “Cool Kid.” She will be a freshman at Illinois Central College and major in Biology/Pre-vet or Pre-medicine.
Lilienthal is the 19-year-old daughter of Kevin and Emily Lilienthal of Bloomington. She is an 11-year member of the Ardent Tillers 4-H Club. Her most meaningful 4-H Fair Award was Reserve Best of Show in Floral. She will attend Heartland Community College in the fall.
Monroe, 17, is the daughter of Kathy Woods of Normal. She is a four-year member of the Ardent Tillers 4-H Club. Her most meaningful 4-H Fair award was Reserve Best of Class with her fleece blanket. She will be a senior at Normal Community High School.
Penn is the 17-year-old daughter of Brendon Penn of Bloomington. She has been a member of the Linden Lead’em and Equus 4-H Clubs for three years. Her most meaningful 4-H Fair award was first place with her Carbon/Chalk/Pigment project. She is home schooled and is a senior.
Rients, 17, is the daughter of Howard and Martha Rients of Towanda. She is a ten-year member of the Towanda Busy Bees. Her most meaningful 4-H Fair award was Reserve Best of Class with her cat. She will be a freshman at Southern Illinois University and major in Animal Science/Pre-vet.
Widener is the 17-year-old daughter of Dean and Staci Widener of Normal. She is a nine-year member of the Homespun and Metal Cow Robotics 4-H Clubs. Her most memorable 4-H award received was the I Dare You Award. She is home schooled and also attends Heartland Community College.
Tobin is the 17-year-old son of Brian and Tracy Tobin of Lexington. He has been a member of the Linden Lead’em 4-H Club for eight years. His most meaningful 4-H Fair award was Best of Show in Plant and Soil Science. He was home schooled and graduated in 2016.
Witte, 17, is the son of Joe Witte and Angela Witte of Waynesville. He is a nine-year member of the Linden Lead’em 4-H Club. His most meaningful 4-H Fair award was Best of Show in Entomology. He is a home-schooled senior and also attends Heartland Community College.
View the full schedule of 4-H events happening at the McLean County Fair by visiting go.illinois.edu/mclean4Hfair. For more information about 4-H in McLean Count, call (309) 663-8306.
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