COLUMBUS - Each year two 4-H club members from each Cherokee County 4-H Community Clubs are selected to represent their club in front of the crowd that gathers for Wednesday evening of the fair.

These kiddos and their fellow club members work very hard selling tickets at a chance of one of three prizes. This years' prizes are two separate halves of a hog with processing donated by Columbus Locker, and a 32"color television donated by KOAM TV Station. The club which sells the most monetary value of tickets will have their two candidates from their community club crowned as 4-H Royalty for the that years fair. So if you happen to see any of these kiddos out and about feel free to ask them about the fair tickets that they are selling.

Prairie Ramblers

Lauren Flood is the daughter of Tim and Chris Flood of rural Weir. This is her first year in 4-H and is a member of the Prairie Rambles 4-H Club. She will be in the 6th grade at St. Mary's Colgan Elementary school, in Pittsburg. Lauren enjoys playing softball and basketball as well as singing. This year at the fair she will enter in both photography and arts and crafts.

Lucas Hildebrandt is the son of Hank and Debra Hildebrandt and is a 6th grader at Cherokee Junior High School. Lucas loves to fish and enjoys shooting his bow. This is Lucas’ second year in 4-H and he is a member of the Prairie Ramblers 4-H club. Lucas is enrolled in wildlife and swine projects this year in 4-H.

Glittering Stones

Morgan Leeper is the daughter of James Leeper and Jennifer Leeper. Morgan is a recent graduate of Southeast High School in Cherokee and is currently enrolled as a freshman at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. She enjoys riding horses, fishing, swimming, hunting, and volunteering at horses of hope. Morgan has been a member of Cherokee County 4-H for 11 years and is a member of the Glittering Stones 4-H club. She has shown every animal in the show barns at one point or another, but her favorite project is the Horse Project.

11 year-old Jaxson Gantt is a 2017 King candidate for the Cherokee County Fair, representing the Glittering Stones 4-H Club. He is the son of Susan Archer and the grandson of John and Linda Archer and the late Velma Archer. Jaxson is the youngest child of two proud older brothers. He loves horses, working cattle on his grandfather's farm, and riding 4-wheelers. Jaxson would rather be outside with the animals, over inside watching TV or playing video games. Jaxson is also a creative individual who has developed a passion for wood working and welding.

Spring Valley Sparklers

Michael Shepard is the son of Jason and Kristen Shepard. He just completed the 6th grade at Riverton Middle School where he served on the Principals Advisory Committee (PAC) and is looking forward to being a 7th grader. Michael is a member of the Spring Valley Sparklers 4-H Club. He is active in 4-H dog, pig, goat and chicken projects. Michael has gone to state fair with his dog Lily two years in a row for agility and showmanship and also exhibited his chickens last year. Michael plays soccer year round with the Southeast Kansas miners and likes basketball too. He enjoys cooking and is an avid fisherman that likes being outdoors as much as possible.

Allyson Wells is the daughter of Jason and Kelly Wells of Columbus, and the granddaughter of John and Judy Madison of Joplin, Missouri, and Keith and Carla Karsten of Columbus, and the late Rick Wells of Baxter Springs. Allyson is involved in many activities. She is a member of the AYRA Rodeo Association, Columbus Saddle Club, Spring Valley Sparklers 4-H Club, 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl, and she plays volleyball for Columbus Central School. Allyson was an A honor roll student last year. Allyson will be in the 8th grade. She enjoys riding and working with her horses, She also enjoys showing at the fair.


Chance Raven is the son of Jim Raven of Columbus and Miracle Raven of Joplin. Chance is a Sophomore at Interlocal School Districts. This is Chance’s 7th year in the Shamrock 4-H Club where he participates the chicken, pig, and goat projects. He is also very active in the Special Olympics and enjoys participating in events that the Shamrock 4-H club puts on.

Austyn Simpson is the daughter of Tracy Parsons and the late Jason Simpson. She is a sophmore at Columbus Unified High School. Austyn has been involved in the Shamrock 4-H club for 9 years now and has participated in numerous 4-H projects but some of her favorites are foods & nutrition, and showing goats. Some of her other involvements include volleyball, TRIO talent search, FCCLA, Leo Club, and attends Sherwin Christian Church.

Lone Elm Beavers

King candidate Maddox Harman is the son of Rusty and Ashley Knight, he will be entering the 7th grade at Columbus Central School. He has been a Lone Elm Beaver 4-H Club member for two years now. Maddox enjoys spending time working on the farm, helping work cattle, and also working with his show pigs for the fair.

Kaitlyn Simpson is the daughter of Darrell and Laura Simpson of Columbus, granddaughter of Derris and Cheryl Simpson of Weir and Liz and (late) Dan Preston of Columbus. Kaitlyn will be going into the 6th grade this fall at Central School in Columbus She has been a member of the Lone Elm Beavers 4-H club for four years. She enjoys playing Softball, Basketball and making crafts. Her projects in 4-H include showing pigs, arts & crafts, gardening, and style revue.