Rachel Jessee named fair queen

Times-Record - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

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.

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