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The Carthage Press
  • 2013 Queen crowns cousin as 2014 Queen

  • Tuesday evening was a special night for a local family.
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  • Tuesday evening was a special night for a local family.
    The 2013 Jasper County Youth Fair Queen, Jessica Chrisman, passed down the crown to this year's queen, Shelby Teegarden – who happens to be her cousin. Teegarden said it was a nice moment their family will remember for a long time.
    “They thought it was a great time to take pictures,” Teegarden said with a big smile.
    Her mother, Lorie, and aunt, Mary Bader, were once youth fair queens as well. Not only looking up to these ladies as role models, Teegarden said she has admired all of individuals who have represented the fair.
    “It is exactly like a childhood dream come true,” she said. “There are a lot of responsibilities, but it's all fun. I've waited forever to do this. I'm excited to be a big part of the fair, do everything and be hands-on.”
    As the queen, Teegarden understands the little ones look up to her now.
    “I love it,” she said. “I try to congratulate them, pat them on the back because some are really shy or nervous about being in the arena – you just scoot them along.”
    Teegarden has been involved in the fair ever since she was eight years old, showing many different exhibits including goats to rabbits.
    “The fair means a lot to me because kids get to showcase their hard work, reunite with friends and meet new people,” she said. “It's important to the community in the fact that it's something to look forward to, support the kids, come together and be a part of it.”
    Shelby, 17, is the daughter of Ty and Lorie Teegarden. This fall as a senior at Carthage High School, she will serve as the FFA president.
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