A huge smile comes across Ellie Jarrett’s face when she talks about 4-H.
“I’ve been in 4-H for 10 years and have taken public speaking, foods, sheep and photography. Photography is my favorite and this year I also showed cattle,” said the petite blond, her blue eyes shining as she talks about her projects.
“I showed sheep for seven years but this was the first year I’ve shown cattle. My dad wanted to me show this year. I always loved helping my siblings get their animals ready to show but I’m just not a competitive person so I didn’t show.”
Jarrett, who is the reigning Miss Daviess County Fair queen, will be competing in the Indiana State Fair Queen pageant on Aug. 18 along with 81 other contestants from around the state.
“I’m a little nervous but I think that’s to be expected. I’m more excited than anything else. I just want to have a good time and meet all the other girls.” The pageant will be judged on interview, evening gown and professional wear. “I’m really looking forward to the evening gown and the fashion show for the queen contestants. The fashion show isn’t judged but it’s just going to be a fun event where you can something that describes your personality.”
In just over the first month, of her reign, Jarrett has already been busy promoting her county.
“I’ve traveled to several of the other counties and met their queens. I went to the Monroe Co. Fair Saturday and had a chance to meet Mariah Huff, the current State Fair Queen. She definitely has some big shoes to fill.”
She will also be attending Strassenfest with the Dubois Co. Fair queen next week. “I’m really excited,” said Jarrett. “I’ve loved meeting all the people, especially all the little girls who wanted to try on my crown. I had a bag of plastic tiaras I handed out to the little girls during fair week.”