Sarah Bass, 18, of Carthage, has been coming to the Jasper County Youth Fair since she was six years old.

Sarah Bass, 18, of Carthage, has been coming to the Jasper County Youth Fair since she was six years old.

This year she’ll view the fair from a different perspective — as fair royalty.

Bass won the title of Jasper County Youth Fair Queen Tuesday night at the fair’s annual pageant, which kicks off the week of fair activities.

Aubrianna Fisher was named the fair’s Little Miss, and Shaun Hunt earned the white cowboy hat Little Mister crown. Kara Cloud was chosen as Jasper County Youth Fair Princess.

Bass won the talent portion of the pageant with a clarinet performance of “What a Wonderful World.”
Bass is a member of the Carthage FFA and will be showing goats this week, but she said the pageant is her favorite part of the Jasper County Youth Fair.

“I always loved coming to watch it every year and participating in it,” Bass said. “I will now go on to be a queen candidate in the Missouri State Fair.”

Harmouni Cundiff received the Miss Congeniality award in the Princess division. Sarah Cooper was named Miss Congeniality in the Queen division.

The duties of the fair royalty are to oversee the entire week of festivities and hand out ribbons to winners at the end of the week.

They also take responsibility for greeting visitors and setting a good example for the fair participants.
Nearly all the royalty candidates expressed their love for fair throughout the pageant. Many of the Little Miss and Mister contestants listed the animals they are showing as their likes, along with a myriad of activities and tractors. Speech contest winner Alyssa Rockers, 16, spoke about the history of fairs as well one of her favorite fair elements: the snow cone. She also gave a more serious reason she likes fairs.

“County fairs like this allow urban people to see where their breakfast comes from and to meet the people that produce it,” Rockers said.

The fair is an important place for people to congregate and be a part of a community, Bass said.

“I love coming to see all the people and interacting with everyone,” Bass said. “That’s what the fair is all about.”