Growing up I always loved going to the Ford County Fair and seeing all the amazing projects my fellow 4-H friends had completed. Though I never showed at the Ford County Fair, it has always been a part of my life. I always attended the queen pageant and dreamed of the day that it would be my turn to have the opportunity to compete in the pageant. Last year was that year! The nerves of the pageant were like none that I had ever had. The excitement was the best I had ever experienced.
The night of the pageant was amazing with the best prize at the end, being crowned Miss Ford County! I was so excited for fair week and had no idea what the rest of the year would have in store for me. From all the events of fair week, spending practically 7:00 am until 10:00 pm at the fairgrounds, and meeting so many amazing people, I would not trade it for the world.
After fair week concluded I jumped right in visiting other county fair pageants and meeting other queens that would shortly become my new best friends. Once the fair pageant season started to slow, I decided to start learning more about Ford County. Travelling to a new place in Ford County every Friday, calling it the cheesiest name I could think: Ford County Friday. Through this I was able to meet so many diff erent people who call Ford County home and love it as much as I do. Having this opportunity helped me to step out of my comfort zone. Now I truly understand why choosing a career in the agriculture industry is important.
Being the Ford County Fair Queen has been such an amazing opportunity. From the friends I met, to the community I am surrounded by, to the professional job skills, this is not an opportunity I would trade for the world. I am so blessed to be surrounded by the most amazing pageant staff , fair board, family, and community. Without all these amazing people, none of this would have been possible and I do not have enough words to thank them. This experience is unmatched and will likely remain unmatched. Thank you Ford County!
Your 2021 Miss Ford County Fair Queen, Jolee Hastings