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Fair an opportunity to 'give back'

Judging takes place at the Livingston County Ag Fair on Wednesday / CIFN photo.

PONTIAC – Livingston County fair participant Emily Friese of Flanagan has had many role models at the fair over the years and now it’s her turn.

“4-H is a great opportunity for me to give back,” Friese said while seeking votes for fair queen Monday at 4-H Park near Pontiac.

Friese considers former queens role models – many of whom came from the swine barn. Friese enjoys showing pigs at Livingston County and throughout the state. She especially enjoys the fact that the pigs become close to her and that she knows all of their characteristics.

Fellow queen candidate Megan Ifft of Fairbury acknowledges that 4-H has been a big part of her life for the past eight years.

“Ever since I’ve been in 4-H, I’ve had people to look up to and now that I’m mostly older than the other members, I just wanted to be somebody others could look up to.”

Ifft has been active with the Ag Olympics, horses, photography, foods and individual arts.

Mark Corrigan of Pontiac is this year’s only king candidate and has been involved with 4-H for the past decade. He considers it a great honor to be considered for king.

“I’ve watched so many kings ahead of me and I’ve learned from them,” Corrigan said.

While in 4-H, Corrigan has enjoyed passing out farmer goodie bags at area grain elevators each fall.

The Livingston County Ag Fair runs through Saturday with various activities at 4-H Park north of Pontiac.

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