COLUMBUS – Champaign County’s 2018 Fair Queen Lora Current was named the 2019 Ohio Fairs’ Queen during competition on Saturday at the Columbus Convention Center. Current had been announced as a top-five state finalist earlier in the week prior to being named the winner in the contest conducted by the Ohio Fair Managers Association.
Ohio Fairs’ 2018 Queen Morgan McCutcheon announced and crowned Current on stage Saturday morning while the other five 2019 finalists from county fairs in Ohio gathered as Current’s court.
The contest was part of the 94th Annual Ohio Fair Managers Association (OFMA) three-day convention, which also included a trade show and other activities. The association is a voluntary, not-for-profit corporation, serving state, independent and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions and several festivals within Ohio. The associate members of the OFMA associations, corporations, festivals and individuals are engaged in providing products and services to its members, all of whom are interested in the improvement of Ohio’s agricultural fairs. The OFMA represents 95 fairs in Ohio and more than 240 associate members from allied fields.
About Lora Current
The daughter of Chad and Dana Current of the Rosewood area, Lora is active in 4-H and graduated from Troy Christian High School. She has held multiple administrative positions in her 4-H club and has been honored for academics and was active in sports at her school.
Her special interests include trail running, mentoring and tutoring.
“In my leisure time I like to read nonfiction books, spend time with friends, volunteer with my school at Isaiah’s Place Foster Care, and teach ballet and jazz at Center Stage Academy. I also quite enjoy bargain shopping and finding good deals,” Current said in her 2018 application to the Champaign County Fair contest.
Current is now a college student at Mount Vernon Nazarene studying social work and theology. She wants to become a hospital chaplain.
Her new role as the state’s top fair queen will keep her busy, although it carries no designated scholarship prize.
“Being the county queen, you’re supposed to represent your county by traveling around and visiting other county fairs,” she said. “You’re still going to do that as the state fair queen, but you get to do more at the fairs. And you’re given a lot more opportunities.”
Current anticipates she will be meeting with the governor and state legislative leaders as well as speaking at conventions. The Ohio Fairs’ Queen is regarded as an agricultural ambassador to other entities.
She credits interpersonal skills for giving her an edge over a group of queen candidates who were all qualified for leadership responsibilities.
“There are a lot of leadership roles that I’ve had, but a lot of the girls have done the same things. So it comes down to a presence, being able to interview well,” Current said of the process of being chosen as the Ohio Fairs’ Queen.
“I would like to thank the Champaign County junior and senior fair boards for their support,” Current said.
Local sponsor congratulates Current
Vernon Funeral Homes has been the coordinator and sponsor of the Champaign County Fair Queen Contest since 2003.
“On behalf of Vernon Funeral Homes we would like to congratulate Lora Current on being crowned the 2019 Ohio Fairs’ Queen,” the Vernon family and funeral home staff stated in a prepared release. “We are incredibly proud to have such a kind-hearted, driven young woman representing Champaign County. Lora’s genuine dedication for helping others is just one of the great qualities that she embodies. She is an excellent role model and we are excited for her future endeavors.”
Current is the first Champaign County fair queen to win the state competition since the Vernons have sponsored the contest, although there have been past Champaign County fair queens who received first-runner-up or placed among the top 5.
Reach Brenda Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff writer Justin Miller contributed to this report.