Before a large crowd on Thursday morning, Aug. 30, the crowning of the 2012 4-H king and queen took place on the concourse stage. Ten 4-H teens took the stage and awaited to announcement of who would serve as Mahoning County 4-H king and queen during the next 12 months.
For decades, the position of queen had not seen a Canfield teen chosen. That all changed last year when Melissa Moliterno was given the crown.
"We actually had a fair director say it had been a long time since a Canfield girl was chosen," said 4-H Director Janice Hanna. "Now we have two in a row."
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Posing in royal fashion are 2011 4-H king Zachary Adams of Berlin Center, 2012 king Sam Barnhouse of Berlin Center, 2012 queen Michele Awad of Canfield, and 2011 queen Melissa Moliterno.
Moliterno handed over the crown to Michele Awad, 19, daughter of Mounir and Linda Awad of Canfield. Michele had been involved in 4-H for the past seven years as a member of the Youngstown Tailwaggers, Barnyard Buddies, Pocket Pets, and Capriculturists 4-H clubs. She will be a sophomore at Youngstown State University this month.
Also surprising was the king's crown, which changed hands from 2011 king Zachary Adams of Berlin Center to Sam Barnhouse, also from Berlin Center.
Barnhouse, 18, is the son of Bob and Diane Barnhouse and has been involved in 4-H for 14 years. He is a member of Ellsworth Junior Farmers 4-H club and will be a freshman at Kent State University this month.