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Jefferson High grad named Miss Jefferson County Fair

August 21, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

LEETOWN, W.Va. - Bobi Jo Swartz, a recent graduate of Jefferson High School, was crowned Miss Jefferson County Fair during the opening day of the fair Sunday.

Swartz, of Leetown, was crowned Sunday night after rising to the top in a list of five finalists.

"I can't wait to be involved in everything. I know it's going to wear me out," said the 18-year-old Swartz, who will be representing the fair this week in her new role.

Lauryn Roper was fourth runnerup, Kelsie Connor was third runner-up, Victoria Holler was second runner-up and Britney Thompson was first runner-up.

The five were selected from dozens of contestants in the race.

Swartz, the daughter of Bobby and Debbie Swartz, said she has competed in the Miss Jefferson County Fair competition three other times, but never placed.

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Swartz said during the competition that she likes to work with animals and is also interested in being a professional photographer. She also wants to be a veterinarian technician.

The competition was held at the grandstand area and included singing performances by Rod Snyder, a local Democrat who once competed in a television talent show to test his vocal talent.

Snyder was joined in one song by Tiffany Lawrence, who was recently named Miss West Virginia.

Miss Jefferson County Fair contestants were interviewed to determine their future career interests and what they like most about the fair.

The fair continues through Saturday and includes performances from middle and high school bands, a figure 8 demolition, the Magic of Michael T, a bull riding rodeo, tractor and four-wheel-drive pulls and The Tommy Cash Show presenting "A Tribute to Johnny Cash."

County fairs throughout the Eastern Panhandle area have been growing, forcing organizers to build new facilities to keep up with growing numbers of exhibitors, who have doubled in number at times between years.

Fair organizers have said one of the reasons the events do well is because people realize the valuable lessons youths learn from projects they tackle at the fairs.

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