By Christine Donnamiller
Anna Shaw was chosen as the the 2016 Huron County Fair Senior Queen, and David Russell was announced as the winner of the 2016 Huron County Senior King.
There were ten contestants and a large group of people who joined them as the contest for the 2016 Huron County King and Queen crown unfolded.
Kelly Lippus coordinates this event. She explained there are four judges. Each candidate is graded on a 1 - 5 scale, with five being the highest.
An individual question is asked to each candidate. They are judged on appropriateness of answer, personality and crowd response. Each judge gives a maximum of 15 points per candidate, which allows each candidate a maximum of 60 points over all.
Each contestant was introduced and then asked their individual question, as the crowd waited for each response.
There was a tie for the Queen's crown, and it was decided to have a single question answered to break the tie. The tie breaker question was "What is the best decision you have made?"
"Believing in the Lord," said Anna Shaw.
Mildred Woodruff responded by saying, "Raising my family in the country."
The newly crowned queen was asked how she felt about winning.
"It is exciting,” Shaw said. “I really can't believe it. I came here and didn't think nothing about it. I wished by husband would have got it. There was just too much competition."
James and Anna Shaw have been married 59 years. James was pleased that his wife won. "I think it is great,” he noted. “We have been married 59 years. She is my queen."
Russell said he was happy to be named Huron County 2016 Senior King.
"It is the nicest thing that has happened to me in my life," he said.
The judges this year comprised of four people who serve Norwalk and/or the Huron County communities. Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan served as one of the judges for this event.
"This is a great event,” he pointed out. “Personally, I just judge and do not pay attention to the names. I always learn a lot of interesting things."