2017 4-H Parade

2018 Royal Court

Ten local youth have been named members of the 2018 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair’s Royal Court.  They were selected based on; leadership, involvement in the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair (MCAF), 4-H and their communities and public speaking ability.  The 2017 Fair King and Queen, Eric Charlery and Faith Mindy Burton, continue their reign until this year’s Coronation on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 6 p.m.  Coronation follows the annual Fair parade which begins at 5 p.m. at the Fairgrounds.


Meet the young adults that make the 2018 Fair Royalty Court.


Annette Bernier

Annette Bernier is 18 years old and this is her second year on the royal court. She recently graduated as salutatorian of the class of 2018 at Saint John's Catholic Prep, and she will be attending the University of Maryland as a freshman this fall. As well as playing three sports, she was an active member of over 20 clubs and organizations in high school. Some examples of her leadership include team captain for her school's cross country and indoor track team as well as president of Sound Crew and treasurer of French Club. She is also the current vice president of the Clarksburg Helping Hands 4-H Club. She creates her club's banner annually and it has been awarded grand champion every year. She is in the process of completing her Level 6 Diamond Clover this year and she has received the Gold Level President's Volunteer Service Award for six consecutive years

Anthony Righter

Anthony Righter is 16-years old and lives in Boyds, Maryland. He is the President of The Bug Patrol 4-H Club of Frederick County and a member of the Damascus Community Club and the Clarksburg Helping Hands Club. He serves on the Planning and Outreach committee of the Maryland 4-H State Council. He is also a member of the Maryland Entomological Society. His projects include horses, entomology, pets, public speaking, and leadership. He was awarded the 2017 Maryland 4-H Horse Contests Scholarship for being the highest scoring individual in all four-state horse knowledge and communications contests combined. He was the High Score Individual for Horse Bowl in 2017 and traveled to Nationals in the fall as a member of the Maryland State 4-H Horse Bowl Team. He also enjoys being a contestant in the State Livestock Skillathon, Poultry and Egg Judging and Communication Contests. He enters various projects in the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, however his favorites are his horse project and entomology project. He is an active volunteer for various events. He volunteers annually for Close Encounters with Agriculture where he teaches thousands of 4th graders about water ecology and biodiversity. Anthony has been awarded the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award four times with over 1,000 volunteer hours. His volunteer hours have earned him a Montgomery County Agricultural Center Associates Membership. He has been awarded his 4-H level 5 Diamond Clover. His college plans include combining his knowledge and passion in both veterinary medicine and entomology to improve and preserve agricultural practices. He has learned from the fair and various other events that, “Agriculture is what roots us with nature and we must preserve that root.”

Caden DeValle

Hello my name is Caden DeValle I am 14 years old and I will be a sophomore at Damascus High School next year. This is my 8th year in 4-H and I am a senior member of the Beef and Meat Goat Clubs.   I live in Damascus on a small family farm with my parents and two siblings. At the farm we raise Katahdin and Dorper hair sheep and meat goats and also raise steers as well as chickens and dairy heifers. At Damascus High School I am a varsity member of the cross country and long distance track team. I also strive to get high grades in school and maintain honor roll each semester.  I have been attending the Montgomery County Fair since I was a little kid and I hope as a member of Fair Royalty I can help out and inform those who visit the fair this summer.    

Colton DeValle

Hello, my name is Colton DeValle I am 14 years old and a rising sophomore at Damascus High School.  I live in Damascus with my mother, father, sister and brother. This is my 8th year in 4-H and I am currently involved in the 4-H meat goat and beef clubs.  I wrestle and run cross country for my school.  I live on a small farm where we raise meat goats, hair sheep and some cattle.   One day I hope to become a veterinarian.   I am looking forward to being part of Fair Royalty and sharing my knowledge of agriculture and 4H with fair patrons.   

Larry Mullinix III

Larry is a 14 year old Damascus resident who just completed his freshman year at Damascus High School. He has been in 4-H eleven years and taken a variety of projects including livestock, woodworking, horticulture, handicraft, baking, and photography. He belongs to the Sheep and Swine, Poultry, and Damascus Community 4-H clubs. He also is a pitcher for the JV baseball team at Damascus High School.

Lauren Dallas

Lauren Dallas is 18 years old and lives in Clarksburg. She is a college sophomore and a graduate of Clarksburg High School. This is Lauren’s third year on the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair (MCAF) Junior Board of Directors and Fair Royalty Court.She serves on the Junior Board’s Ag-mazing Race Committee and is an Associate Member of the Montgomery County Agricultural Center. She had the honor of serving as the 2017 MCAF First Princess. This is Lauren’s final year in 4-H. Her 4-H projects have included Animal Science (alpacas, dairy goats, meat goats, poultry, dogs, and rabbits), Photography, Horticulture, and Foods. Lauren is the President of the Montgomery County Poultry Club and current Vice President and past President of the Clarksburg Helping Hands 4-H Club.  She is also a 4-H member of the Damascus Community Club and Rabbit Club. She is the recipient of many 4-H awards, including the Montgomery County 4-H Senior Leadership Award, and received the “I Dare You” award in which she attended the National Youth leadership Conference at Camp Miniwanca in Michigan. Lauren has competed nationally in Louisville, Kentucky, with the Maryland 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team, Poultry Judging Team, and Dairy Bowl Team. She served as the 2017 Miss Montgomery County Farm Bureau. In this role she taught others about agriculture and especially enjoyed teaching youth at various venues and planting seeds with students in elementary schools. Lauren says that 4-H and the fair have helped immerse her in new opportunities and experiences which have created her passion for agriculture. Through all of the experiences, she has developed lifelong friendships and a lifetime of memories.

Caitlyn Gardiner

Caitlyn Gardiner is a 15 year old rising sophomore who lives in Damascus. This is her 11th year in 4-H, and she is currently the President of the Damascus Community 4-H Club, the Secretary of the Flying Tigers 4-H Club, and a member of the Montgomery County Dairy Goat Club, as well as the Vice President of Public Issues for the Maryland 4-H State Council. Her main 4-h projects are public speaking, leadership, dairy, aerospace, and healthy living. She represented the Maryland State 4-H Program at the Taste of Maryland Agriculture dinner and the National 4-H Legacy awards. She was also recently selected to represent Montgomery County at the 2017 National 4-H Congress. She has received many awards for her public speaking and leadership skills, including a countywide Leadership Award, a Spirit Award for leading the Public Issue Discussion at the Maryland 4-H State Council Retreat, and a Grand Champion award for a Horticulture Demo, which she will be competing with at the State Fair. Will Rogers once famously said “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Through pushing Caitlyn to pursue all of my goals and constantly improve, 4-H has kept her on the right track and moving forward every day. 

Nyah DeValle

Hello! My name is Nyah DeValle. I am seventeen years old and I am a rising senior at Damascus High School. My family and I live on a farm in Damascus where we raise meat goats, hair sheep, and beef cattle. In school, I am on the varsity soccer team and the varsity swim and dive team. I am also a member of the minority scholars program, as well as, a writer for the school newspaper. I am in four honor societies, including, National, Math, English, and Science. I am also the vice president for my senior class. Outside of school I am involved in 4-H. This is my 8th year in 4-H. As a 4-Her, I have been in the Kids N’ Dogs, Sheep and Swine, and Horse N’ Around clubs. I have also been in the Beef Club for six years and the Meat Goat Club for seven years. After two years as the secretary for the Meat Goat Club, I am now the president. I am on the Junior Board of Directors and I am the ambassador for Montgomery County Farm Bureau. I remember when I was younger and I would see my cousins on their own Farm Court and think, ‘I would love to do that someday,’ so I am very excited to be a part of this year’s court. I know that this will be a great experience and I will be able to help many people learn more about the fair.

Joey Udovich

My name is Joey Udovich. I am 15 years old and I have just completed my freshman year at Rockville High School.  I live with my father, mother and younger brother in Rockville, Maryland. I have been a member of the Montgomery County Rabbit Club for nine years. I became interested in rabbits in 2008 when I attended the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.  I bought my first rabbit, a Holland Lop buck, and joined the Montgomery 4H Rabbit Club as a Clover. Now, I am the President of my club and have over thirty-five rabbits.  I raise Netherland Dwarf, Holland Lop and New Zealand rabbits. I compete at the local, state and national level with the Montgomery County Rabbit Judge Team. Last year, I won the senior state rabbit judging contest and came in 2nd at the national level. 


Some of my other interests include competing with the Manor Woods Swim Team and the Tiburounes Swim Club.  At Rockville High school, I compete in swimming and track and field.  I am currently a member of the Montgomery County 4H rabbit club, American Rabbit Breeders Association, American Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Club, Pennsylvania State Rabbit Breeders Association, American Federation of New Zealand Rabbit Breeders and National Capital Rabbit Breeders Association. I hold the Life rank in my Boy Scout Troop 264.  I enjoy baking, camping and sports. I am excited to be a part of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair Royal Court.  

2018 Fair King and Queen - Anthony Righter and Caitlyn Gardiner

Year Queen King
2018 Caitlyn Gardiner Anthony Righter
2017 Faith Mindy Burton Eric Charlery
2016 Jessica Corazza Patrick O'Hanlon
2015 Jenny Searles Jackson Douglas
2014 Jordan Al-Faleh Adam Crawley
2013 Hannah Adkins Dunchadhn Lyons
2012 Mari-Therese Burton Michael Cropp
2011 Kelsey Watkins Michael Buscemi
2010 Sophia Reaves Collin Shay
2009 Caitlyn Perdue Christopher Perdue
2008 Bree Feuillet Andrew Dobos
2007 Marianne Mullan John Michael St. Angelo
2006 Besilica Reaves Byron Hulcher
2005 Tina Malament Ben Butler
2004 Brittany Hilton Andy Curran
2003 Holly Connelly Samuel Evans
2002 Alicia Feuillet Michael Novello
2001 Erica Taffs John Mark Leatherman
2000 Marla Luther Benjamin Evans
1999 Stephanie Brown Christopher Michaels
1998 Kelsey Wells Cliff Driver
1997 Erin Feuillet Chris Gazunis
1996 Margaret Luther Londell Luther
1995 Adrienne Wojciechowski Trevor Ashley
1994 Katherine Segal David McKeever
1993 Tricia Stabler Holland Scott Kelly
1992 Lonette Luther Robert Balser
1991 Valerie Murray Chris Wojciechowski
1990 Kristen Smith Robert DeLauder
1989 Stacey Stabler Christopher Daly
1988 Michele Sipe Anderson  
1987 Katie Kriegsman Peters  
1986 Kathy Johnson Zimmerman  
1985 Jill Hudson Miller  
1984 Tara Woodfield Pumphrey  
1983 Mary White Helmick  
1982 Carol Irvine Martin Mayne
1981 Karen Runkles Murdock Joseph Hagerty
1980 Terry Suddath Adkins  
1979 Linda Rudy Daugherty  
1978 Stacy Proctor Shaffer  
1977 Eydie Gregory Searles  
1976 Vicky Lynn Barkley Coon  
1975 Sandy Gladhill May  
1974 Gwen Mayne Sandberg  
1973 Debra Marlin McKenzie  
1972 Cynthia Keller Scheib  
1971 Gail Poffenberger Yeiser  
1970 JoAnne Doody Leatherman  
1969 Beth Seymour Davis  
1968 Susan Fraley Gibson  
1967 Kendra Hall Rhoten  
1966 Marilyn Griffith Newman  
1965 Betty Lou Schaeffer Chadwell  
1964 Becky Schaeffer Lear  
1963 Nora Lee Williams Byers  
1962 Carolyn Eckhardt Bowman  
1961 Patsy Fink Owens  


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