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Martinsburg woman named Miss Berkeley Co. Youth Fair

August 07, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - It's her last year participating in 4-H and Natalie Wenck thought winning the Miss Berkeley County Youth Fair would be a perfect way to top it all off.

It happened Monday night and she was speechless.

"There's nothing I wanted more. I can't believe it," the 21-year-old Martinsburg woman said after being crowned.

Wenck won out of a field of 18 contestants who vied for the crown on a hot summer night inside a show barn at the Berkeley County Youth Fairgrounds off Golf Course Road.

The field of contestants was narrowed to 10, then to five before Wenck was named.

First runner-up was Julianne Frye, second runner-up was Chloe Raines, third runner-up was Amanda Raney and fourth runner-up was Kayla Butler.

Wenck will take over from 2006 queen Courtney Kilmer.

Wenck said she is studying political science at West Virginia University and will be serving an internship soon in the office of U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

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Wenck said she likes political science because she is fascinated by how different political sides can come together to shape the country.

Wenck said she is not a fan of beauty pageants, but said she participated in the local contest because she loves the fair and the opportunity to work with youths.

"This is just about the youth of 4-H, the youth of Berkeley County," Wenck said.

Wenck has competed in the contest before and said she likes how organizers "make you age out in this fair."

The five finalists were each asked how they slow down and relax in today's fast-paced world. Wenck said she relaxes by participating in 4-H and taking photographs.

While judges scored the contestants, the audience was entertained by singers Chris Chambers and Rod Snyder.

Snyder tried out for "American Idol" and made an unsuccessful run for a local House of Delegates seat.

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