The 2012 Barbour County Fair queen, Bridgette Booth, waved goodbye just before Callie Arbogast, 16, of Belington was crowned as this year's fair queen Sunday.
Arbogast said becoming the 2013 Barbour County Fair queen is "amazing and a blessing." She said she has aspired to become the fair queen for several years.
Arbogast was crowned queen by Sen. Bob Williams near the end of opening ceremonies for the Barbour County Fair Sunday at the fairgrounds.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Melissa Toothman
Callie Arbogast, 16, of Belington poses after receiving her crown as Barbour County Fair queen on Sunday.
Williams said he believes the Barbour County Fair is one of the best fairs in the state. He said many people complain about the money that is spent on county fairs, but he thinks it is some of the best money spent.
"I think (fairs) grow communities," Williams said. "They bring communities together."
In her farewell presentation, Booth told Arbogast that her time spent as the 2012 queen went by too fast. She also told Arbogast what she believes it means to be the fair queen.
"It's about the love and pride we have for this county," Booth said. "Many people look at you as a role model, and that feeling is indescribable. Make an impact on someone and stand for something."
Arbogast has volunteered with the Angel's Wing dance group and the Shining Star Pageant, both of which cater to special-needs children and adults. Arbogast said she wants to make a difference in the world.
"I feel that if I can make a difference, other people will feel as if they can, too," Arbogast said.
Arbogast is a junior in high school, and for the past three years she has been a cheerleader. She also participates in gymnastics and track. Arbogast's other hobbies include singing in church, riding horses and spending time with family and friends. S
She is the daughter of Vincent and Tamela Arbogast.
For 38 years, the Barbour County Fair has been an annual event that members of the local and surrounding communities could enjoy. The fair began Saturday and will continue through Aug. 31.
Noon-4:30 p.m.: Livestock Registration
5 p.m.: Commercial exhibits open
6:30 p.m.: Grand Feature Parade "Fall Days and Country Ways" (Sponsored by Junior Lions Club)
7 p.m.: Registration for karaoke ($2 fee)
8-10 p.m.: Karaoke show - Stage area, after parade awards