Rachel Jessee named fair queen
DENTON — The Caroline-Dorchester County Fair started this year’s festivities on Wednesday, Aug 2, with the annual Royal Pageant to crown a queen, princess and little princess.
Seventeen-year-old Rachel Jessee of Preston was crowned queen of the fair for 2017. Jessee also was fair princess in 2015. She is a member of the Colonel Richardson varsity volleyball and cheer squad.
She plans to study political science at the University of Maryland College Park. After
college, she plans to pursue a career as a lobbyist to help shape the country’s legislation.
Fifteen-year-old Kyla Diggs of Hurlock was named fair princess. For her talent, she performed “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s “Moana” on the flute. Diggs’ interview question asked, “Who in the world, living or dead, would you like to meet? Why, and what would you ask them?” She said she would like to meet her late, paternal great-grandmother.
Diggs, a rising sophomore at North Dorchester High School, is a member of the varsity soccer team. She scored two goals in her freshman season. She also runs on the track team, and earned a berth in the state championships.
The title of fair little princess went to 9-year-old Chloe Carpenter. Her talent was a karate performance set to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.”
For her interview, judges asked, “What is your favorite place to go on vacation and why?” Carpenter said Disney World was her favorite, as she had just visited last Christmas with her family, and it was amazing. She also was asked what she wants to be when she grows up, and she confidently said she plans to be a forensic scientist.
The Caroline County Chamber of Commerce, along with the Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce, helped open the fair on Wednesday.
The fair gives 4-H’ers a comprehensive competition to showcase their agricultural displays, livestock and pet projects, as well as their baking, canning, culinary and sewing skills. The 4-H fair also provides a means of educating the public of the importance of farming to the nation and the hard work and talents that go into it.
Admission Wednesday on opening night was free courtesy of the chamber of commerces in Caroline and Dorchester counties.
Denton 4-H’er Ella Dorr got to cut the ribbon to open the fair.
“It was really neat to cut the ribbon,” she said. “I really like all the activities at the fair. I really enjoy sowing, and the fair gives me a chance to showcase things I create.”
Colonel Richardson High raising senior Rachel Jessee was crowned Caroline-Dorchester County Fair queen Wednesday, Aug. 2.
The Caroline-Dorchester County crowned its Queen Rachel Jessee, Princess Kyla Diggs and Little Princess Chloe Carpenter at the opening night pageant Wednesday, Aug. 2.
Ella Dorr cuts the ribbon to open the Caroline-Dorchester County Fair Wednesday, Aug. 2. Opening night was sponsored by chamber of commerces in Caroline and Dorchester counties.
Caroline-Dorchester County Fair Fair Little Princess Chloe Carpenter performs a karate routine for her talent at the opening night pageant Wednesday, Aug. 2.