Candidates for 2009 Saline County Senior Fair Queen stand onstage before the queen was named during the Saline County BBQ, held Saturday, June 6, at the Saline County Fairground. From left to right are Julissa Laura Monnig, 18, of Slater, runner-up Morgan Nicole Fuehring, 18, of Sweet Springs, 2009 Saline County Senior Fair Queen Lauren Ann Weiker, 18, of Slater, Hannah Elizabeth Sandidge, 18, of Marshall and Jade Nicole Jenkins, 18, of Marshall.
Lauren Ann Weiker, 18, of Slater and Kaleigh Elizabeth Summers, 17, of Slater were named Saline County senior and junior fair queens, respectively, Saturday, June 6, at the Saline County BBQ.
Like all other candidates for senior queen, Weiker, daughter of Bethany and Jason Weiker, answered a question picked at random from a group of sealed envelopes held by emcee William Harlow. Her question asked how she defines success.
Kaleigh Elizabeth Summers, 17, who will be a senior at Marshall High School, smiles after being named 2009 Saline County Junior Fair Queen at the Saline County BBQ Saturday, June 6.
"Success is not getting a big paycheck," Weiker said. Rather, it is "being happy with what you are doing at all times, no matter what your job or career is."
Weiker will receive a complimentary photography session and 8- by 10-inch portrait from Tammy Kerksiek of LeeStudio in Marshall.
Summers, daughter of Kim and Bud Summers, received a journal from 2008 Junior Queen Morgan Fuehring, 18, of Sweet Springs. The journal has been passed down through the junior royalty since it was started in 2001, and contains a piece of advice from each of the junior queens during that time.
In center, Lauren Ann Weiker, 18, of Slater, receives her crown and flowers after being named 2009 Saline County Senior Fair Queen.
Runners-up for the title of junior queen were Rachel Elizabeth Thornton, 17, of Sweet Springs and Abby Renee Elson, 16, of Miami. The others junior queen candidates in the top six were, in no particular order, Brooke Schleicher, 15, of Sweet Springs, Mikaela Ann Henke, 14, of Marshall and Saria Christine Leimkuehler, 15, of Gilliam.
Fuehring was the runner-up for title of senior queen.
Weiker will represent Saline County during the Missouri State Fair in August.