Samantha Pankratz of Stevensville and Matthew Carpenter of Eau Claire represent the Berrien County Youth Fair as the queen and king at this week’s fair. The new royalty were chosen Friday night during a contest in the Grandstand at the fair. First runner up to the king is Jackson Hall of Dowagiac and first runner up to the queen is Morgan Gruss of Benton Harbor.
The new king and queen will have a busy week serving as public relations representatives of the fair, handing out ribbons and trophies, and attending ceremonies and concerts throughout the week, in addition to showing their exhibits.
Ms. Pankratz is an 18-year old student at Franklin College where she plans to pursue a degree in biology and pre-med. She shows in the flower and horticulture departments. She is the daughter of Karla and Paul Pankratz.
Mr. Carpenter is an 18-year old student at Southwestern Michigan College with plans on transferring to Ferris State University and earning a degree in computer science. He shows in the dog, rabbit, crafts and home economics departments. He is the son of Mark and Nancy Carpenter.
Ms. Jackemeyer is an 18-year old student at Coloma High School. After graduation she plans to attend medical school to become a global biomedical doctor. She shows in the rabbit, crafts, home economics, flower and horticulture departments. She is the daughter of Monica Gruss.
Mr. Hall is a 17-year old home school student. He hopes to become a director of music and acting. He shows in the home economics, horticulture, flower, goats, poultry and rabbit departments. He is the son of Missy Hall.
Just before the king and queen contest, the Berrien County Youth Fair held its eighth annual Prince and Princess Contest. The contestants were aged anywhere between 9 and 12 years old and were required to be a current
BCYF exhibitor. Megan Bryant of Niles and Wyatt Baker of Buchanan will serve as this year’s BCYF Prince and Princess.
Duties of the prince and princess are similar to the duties of the king and queen so you’ll be sure to see them around the Fair attending various
ceremonies and also serving as public relations representatives.
Ms. Bryant is 11 years old. She shows in the home economics and craft departments. She is the daughter of Jeffery and Jeannie Bryant. Mr. Baker is 12 years old. He shows in the swine, beef, and rabbit departments, and also pulls in the garden tractor pull. He is the son of Dave and Kristin Baker.
The 74th annual Berrien County Youth Fair kicks off Monday and ends Saturday, August 17 with the theme “Country Nights and Carnival Lights”