Lena Hinck, from left, a 16-year-old daughter of Joel and Jessica Hinck, does a dance from the ballet “The Sleeping Beauty” during the talent round of the 2017 Stover Fair queen contest Thursday, June 15 on the stage at Stover Legion Memorial Park. This year’s three contestants were Hinck, Kaylan Black, and Shelby Jackson. Following an eveningwear round, during which each candidate answered a randomly-drawn question onstage, Hinck was crowned this year’s queen by still-reigning 2014 winner Allison Ehlers. (photo by R. D. Fish)

Lena Hinck, 16, a daughter of Joel and Jessica Hinck of Stover, was crowned the 2017 Stover Fair queen Thursday, June 15 on the stage at Stover Legion Memorial Park.
Crowning her was reigning Stover Fair Queen Allison Ehlers. This was the first year the contest has taken place since Ehlers won in 2014.
There were three candidates for this year’s Stover Fair queen. Competing with Hinck were Kaylan Black, 16, a daughter of Jimmy and Lynette Black, and Shelby Jackson, 18, a daughter of Trampus and Christy Jackson and Aimee and Jason Worthley.
Judging the contest were Gay Marriott, Britney DeFrates, and Amy Wilson. The judges interviewed the candidates over lunch. The candidates were scored based on the judges’ overall impressions and their performances during the interview, plus onstage talent and eveningwear rounds, and an opportunity to answer a randomly-drawn question onstage.
Hinck, a member of the Hawthorn Dance Troupe of Versailles, performed a dance from the ballet “Sleeping Beauty” during the talent round. Black sang the song “Coat of Many Colors,” and Jackson performed a comedy routine.
During the eveningwear round, Hinck wore a black gown with beads strung across slits. Her competitors wore lacy, sequined bridesmaid dresses.
Asked what animal she would like to be, Hinck answered, “A dog, because they are man’s best friend and make everyone happy, and I would choose to make everyone happy.”
Black’s question was, “What is the most important scientific discovery of the last quarter-century?” She answered, “DNA testing and the advancement of medical processes.”
Jackson was asked what she would do if given $1 million. She said, “I would give back to my parents for everything they’ve done for me, and I would fix my car, because it’s pretty broken, and I would pay my way through school.”
For winning the contest, Hinck received a total of $545 in cash and gift certificates, plus other prizes.
Black and Jackson each received $240 in cash and gift certificates, plus other prizes.
Cash prizes, gift certificates, and other prizes were furnished in part by the Stover Lions Club, the Stover Community Action Club, Galloway-Martens American Legion Post 343, Stover Quality Quilting, Abbott’s Auto Service, Citizens-Farmers Bank of Stover, The 52 Car Wash, and other local businesses.
Julie Marriott, emcee of the contest, said the Stover Fair Board hopes to see more contestants in the contest next year. She stressed the contest “isn’t very hard,” but the value of the prizes makes it “a good deal” for local girls.