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Enjoying the royal fair experience


This year's McLean County Fair king and queen, Brady Veal and Reagan Parks / CIFN photo.

BLOOMINGTON – This year’s McLean County Fair king and queen have each been involved in 4-H for a decade and continue to enjoy the experience.


Queen Reagan Parks is a member of both the Homespun and Stylistics clubs.


“I have grown up in 4-H with six older siblings of my own,” Parks said.


Parks really enjoys her time at the fair as she considers it an experience you cannot get anywhere else. 4-H gave her leadership skills and confidence and being fair queen was always a goal.


King Brady Veal belongs to the Linden Lead’em 4-H club and has an extensive background with STEM and robotics.


“I’ve enjoyed taking robotics, computer science, electricity and rocketry over the years.”


Veal also really wanted to be a part of the royalty. With a lack of guys running for king in recent years, he encourages 4-H’ers to try for this. He feels the experiences formed are priceless.


“Sometimes these are the people you only see once a year at the fair,” Veal said. “It’s just an amazing thing you can’t get anywhere else.”


Parks has made connections with people throughout the county and beyond. She is amazed at how far 4-H can take someone. Parks has done many national 4-H events and had great experiences.


Both Parks and Veal were crowned during opening night of the McLean County Fair on Wednesday. The five-day event runs through this Sunday at the McLean County Fairgrounds on the west side of Bloomington near the Interstate Center.

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