Spotlight: 2019 Mahoning County 4H Queen, Natalia Kresic

Hello! My name is Natalia Kresic. This past year I had the opportunity to serve as the 2019-2020 Mahoning County’s Canfield Fair 4-H Queen. You may be wondering: What exactly is a 4-H Queen? My role is to serve as a representative of Mahoning County during the fair, at parades, and while visiting other fairs. Every year on Youth Day at the fair one male and female 4-H member are chosen for their outstanding work to better their 4-H club, community, country, and their world. It was truly an honor to me to be chosen to represent the largest county fair in the state of Ohio (and the best if you ask me!)
During the 2019 Canfield Fair you may have seen me riding the people movers around the fair sharing the rich history of our fairgrounds and telling everyone not to leave without a cinnamon roll. You may have seen me in the Junior Fair area passing out ribbons or enjoying a cold milkshake from the pop shop. Though my role during fair week is quite important, it was also a great experience to travel the great state of Ohio and visit other county fairs! I got the chance to visit nine other fairs in the fall of 2019. I ate a lot of fair food and made a ton of friends and memories I will never forget. 
In January, I also had the amazing opportunity to represent Mahoning County at the Ohio Fair Managers Fair Queen Competition. I met over 80 fair queens from all over the state, networked with fair vendors and junior fair board members, and bonded with a lot of new friends. I was awarded top 15 of Ohio’s Fair Queens which was an amazing honor to bring back to Mahoning County.
The most important thing to me during my reign was to help the 4-H youth of Mahoning County to outreach, connect, and learn about opportunities that were open to them throughout the 4-H community. I got to travel to a handful of 4-H clubs and teach them about the importance of leadership and stepping up and taking action in their community. 
2020 unfortunately has been a year like no other where I was unable to go and educate other clubs about the 4-H program by sharing my story and experience. What I was able to do though is help my community by using the sewing skills I learned in 4-H to help protect first responders, medical workers, and those in need. I donated over 600 masks and several scrub caps to essential workers of the Mahoning Valley. Though this may not have been a traditional year as queen I truly tried my best to serve the community around me that needed the most help.
The 174th Canfield Fair is going to be amazing! Currently on the fairgrounds they are building a new event center that will be home of the Junior Fair! I am beyond excited to see all of the great new additions. I hope to see you this year on Youth Day as I crown the new representative of Mahoning County!