GREENVILLE - Three girls and one boy competed for the title of Canine King and Queen Friday night at the Great Darke County Fair.
Makennah Hutcheson, 14 (parents Rob and Cherolet) of Doggone Kids; Kate Fuson 17 (parent Alva Kerry) of Tailwaggers and Hannah Cloyd, 17 (parents Gary and Jane Cloyd) of Canine Capers took the show ring to display their dog showmanship skills for the judge in hopes of getting the crown.
The single entry for king was Jacob Bradshaw, 15 (parents Jeff and Lori Bradshaw) of Doggone Kids.
The contestants had to use a randomly selected 4-H dogs for the competition. After the judge examined the dogs and asked contestants to perform showmanship patterns in the ring, Hannah Cloyd ranked first in points and was named the 2014 Canine Queen.
“I’m excited,” said Cloyd of winning. “It’s a cool opportunity to get to do it.”
This was Cloyd’s second year in the competition. She has been in 4-H for six years.
Her counterpart Jacob Bradshaw said he was “happy” to be the king. This was his first time in the competition. He has been in 4-H for three years.
The 2013 Canine King and Queen were Matt Ditmer and Cheyenne Meyers.
Alisha Rismiller, 11 (parents Brian and Amy Rismiller) of Canine Capers; Lisa Capasso, 12 (parents Alan and Julie Capasso) of Tailwaggers and Denay Geesaman, 9 (parents Jason and Dena Geesaman) of Canine Capers all vied for the title of 2014 Canine Princess.
Austin Rismiller, 9 (parents Brian and Amy Rismiller) of Canine Capers was the sole entry for prince.
Contestants in the prince and princess contest were allowed to use their own 4-h dogs during the competition and were judged on the same showmanship skills as the king and queen contestants.
In the end, the brother and sister duo Austin and Alisha Rismiller won the competition and were named the 2014 Canine Prince and Princess.
The 2013 Canine Prince and Princess were Mercedes Geesaman and Justin Heitkamp.
Charlie McMaster judged the competitions.
See photos from the competitions on page 4 of today’s paper.