Royalty

2022 Royal Court

Twelve local youth have been named members of the 2022 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 2021 Fair King and Queen, continue their reign until this year’s Coronation on Sunday, August 14, 2022 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 2022 Fair Royalty Court

Gabriella Bentley

Eric Guernsey

Eric Guernsey enjoys leadership opportunities and is excited to be the Vice President of Programming for the Lucky Clovers as well as a returning member of the Fair Court. He is also a member of the 4-H State Council where he helped with exercise and nutrition activities during Maryland Day to address the Public Issue and Launch into Leadership initiatives. He is an 11-year member of 4-H and a rising junior taking honors and AP courses at Sherwood High School. As the youngest child in a 2nd generation 4-H family, Eric grew up immersed in 4-H and the fair. He spent four years as a club officer guiding others while exploring projects in public speaking, crafts, cooking, horticulture, electricity, computers, aerospace and Adventures in Science. He looks forward to entering his favorite projects in the fair. He earned special awards in food, electricity, computers and rocketry. In the past four years, Eric spent over 200 hours planning and presenting STEM workshops in the community. He helped present the National 4-H Science Experiment on topics ranging from designing fitness trackers to designing drones for surveying crops. His current focus is on teaching the importance of agriculture to youth. At the Galaxy Quest STEM workshop he taught participants how to build a hydraulic powered harvesting tool and how to use the engineering design process to optimize attachments for harvesting different types of crops. He also recorded story time videos to encourage kids to learn about farms and growing food. Eric earned Diamond Clover levels 1 through 6 in 4-H as well as a trip to National 4-H Congress in 2021 and 2022. He enjoys public speaking and won the State Radio Spot Contest in 2021 and 2022. He plans to have a career in environmental science or engineering.

Andres Guerra

Annika Gulling

Annika is 17 years old and attends James Hubert Blake High School. She has been in 4-H for over 8 years and has raised many different kinds of livestock, including sheep, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, goats, and pigs. She is currently a member of the Montgomery County Poultry Cub, Rabbit Club, and Sheep and Swine Club. One of Annika’s favorite places at the fair is the Moo-terninity ward next to Old MacDonalds Barn. This is her second year on the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair Court. Outside of agriculture, Annika enjoys singing, acting, rock climbing, and reading and wants to be a veterinarian in the future.

Lily Luther

Lily Luther is 15 years old and a freshman at Damascus High School. She has been a part of 4-H since clovers. This is Lily’s first year being a part of the royal court. She started 4-H in the Montgomery County Sheep and Swine Club and is currently in the Montgomery County Beef Club raising two angus steers. Lily is also a member of the National Junior Angus Association and loves traveling to shows and meeting new people. Lily enjoys raising an angus herd at home learning more about animal nutrition, judging, and showing. She’s also a part of the Damascus Varsity Poms squad. In her free time, she enjoys working with her cattle, baking, woodworking, and spending time with friends. In the future, Lily hopes to continue raising cattle on her own. She hopes to gain more agricultural knowledge and relationships while on the Montgomery County Fair Royal Court. Lily is thrilled to be a part of the royal court this year!

Tony Martone-Gulling

Alexis Miskelly

Alexis Miskelly is 17 years old and is approaching her Senior year at Northwood High school. She is ecstatic for her second year on royal court. Alexis started 4H when she was 5 years old as a clover, and has been going to the fair for as long as she can remember. She is in her third year as the president of the Montgomery County 4H rabbit club. She got her first rabbit when she was 5 and has raised show quality Netherland dwarfs ever since. She has traveled all over the country to compete in educational rabbit competitions. But, nothing brings her as much joy as the fair.  She is also a member of the 4H dairy goat club. She joined the club just this past year after falling in love with goats at the last fair. This year she leased a young dairy goat named Jasmine and is so excited to show her at the fair. Finally, she is a member of the 4H Lucky Clovers club, which she joined this past year as well. Her projects include rabbit showing, community service, Dairy Goat husbandry, public speaking, miscellaneous arts, gardening, animal science and baking. Through 4H Alexis has gained a love of zoology, ethology, environmental science, writing, public speaking and so much more. Alexis is a member of the poetry club, The GSA and is on the SGA House of Representatives at Northwood as well as co-founding Northwoods Hacking For Change club whose mission is to create social change through computer science. Alexis would like to thank her family, her 4H club, and the fair for making her the person she is today.

Cody Mullinix

Cody Mullinix is 15 and just finished up his Sophomore year at Damascus High School. This is his second year on the royal court. He has been in 4-H for 11 years and is looking forward to many more. Cody has done a variety of projects that include livestock, woodworking, horticulture, handicrafts, baking, and photography. Cody and his family live on a farm in Damascus where they raise pigs on pasture year round, beef steers and poultry. Cody is looking forward to serving as an ambassador for the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.

Gracie Ray

Gracie Ray is 16 years old and a rising junior at South Carroll High School. Gracie has been in the Meat Goat Club for 6 years and has been secretary for the past 2 years. Before joining the Meat Goat Club, she was a part of Clovers for 2 years. Gracie is the secretary of her school’s FFA chapter and her Food Science CDE team placed 2nd in states this year.  When not working with her goats you can find her reading a good book, fishing with her dad, or singing on a stage. You may have heard Gracie singing the National Anthem at the fair or at Taste of Maryland. She works hard to achieve good grades in school, good roles in musicals, and to do good in the show ring. She plans to pursue a career in theater or education.

Liam Reed

Layla Shepard

Layla Shepard is 15 and lives in Damascus where she raises dairy heifers, beef steers, market hogs, market sheep, and market turkeys. She is a rising sophomore at Damascus High school and is a JV hornet cheerleader. Layla has been in 4-H for 11 years and is Vice President of the Montgomery County 4-H Poultry club, and a member of the 4-H beef club, the Sheep and swine club and the Damascus livestock club. In addition to Layla’s livestock projects, she also carries projects in sewing, baking, arts and crafts, and flower arranging. In her free time Layla loves swimming, dancing, and playing with her chocolate lab Brownie and golden retriever, Mazie.

Layla is a 4th generation volunteer of the Fair and is eagerly working towards becoming a life member. She also volunteers at her church and as a coach for younger cheerleaders. After graduating she hopes to attend the University of Maryland in pursuit of a nursing degree. She is very excited to be on the 2022 royal court and share her love of volunteering, animals, and exhibiting at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair with others.

Jacob Udovich

Jacob Udovich is 17 years old and lives in Rockville. He is a rising freshman at the University of Maryland College Park. This is Jacob’s 12th year in 4-H and his fourth year as a member of the Royal Court. Jacob has been in the Montgomery County Rabbit Club for 12 years and in the Kids-N-Dogs club for 3 years. Jacob has raised and shown Netherland Dwarfs, Mini Rex, and New Zealand rabbits. His main 4-H projects are rabbit judging and showing rabbits. Jacob has traveled to many rabbit judging and royalty competitions at the state and national level. Some of his travels include Pennsylvania, Texas, Oregon, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, California, Nevada, and Massachusetts. In 2018, he served as Duke for the American Netherland Dwarf Club and received 2nd place for Intermediate Rabbit Breed ID at the National level. He has won many awards with his favorite rabbit, Whiskers. Jacob enjoys swimming and diving for the Manor Woods Swim and Dive Team and Rockville High School. He also enjoys playing Volleyball for the Rockville High School Varsity Team. Through all of his experiences in 4H he has met amazing people, has learned many skills and has made great memories.

2021 Fair King and Queen – Joey Udovich and Grace Worth

Past Years Royalty