SIDNEY — Like mother, like daughter.
Emma Tobie, 3, of Sidney, was named 2018 Little Miss Shelby County Fair, Sunday, July 22. Her mother, Kelly Tobie, had won the same title in 1991. Emma’s dad is Dexter Tobie.
Landon Everett, 4, of Sidney, son of Stephanie and Tyler Everett, was named 2018 Little Mister Shelby County Fair.
The contest took place in the Entertainment Tent on the opening day of the 158th Shelby County Fair. Organizer Gary Strasser, manager of Clancy’s, which sponsored the pageant, said there was record particpation by youngsters this year.
Thirteen girls and 10 boys dressed in their finest and spoke with mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink, youth services director of Amos Memorial Public Library. She asked them what their favorite foods were, what they wanted to be when they grew up, what animals they liked and what toys they played with. Each was invited to sing a song.
Emma said she would like to be Disney princess Elsa because Elsa wears a long cape. She likes leopards, because they have polka dots on their fur. She said she wanted to dance and Unterbrink cleared the floor for her, but in the end, Emma sang the ABC song.
Gregarious Landon spoke at length about ghosts. When Unterbrink moved the microphone toward herself for another question, Landon pulled it back.
“I’m not done yet,” he told her. She chuckled. He looked at her with a very serious face.
“Don’t laugh,” he instructed her, whereupon the whole audience erupted in laughter.
“It’s OK,” Unterbrink told his stricken look, “they like you.” Landon’s song was “Ghostbusters.”
Each child won a sash, a trophy and $50 cash.
Judges were Ed Went, of Sidney, a realtor with Merritt Real Estate Professionals in Wapakoneta; Travis Unterbrink, of Lima, a business technology consultant with Donnellon McCarthy Enterprises in Lima; and Mel Wildermuth, of Noblesville, Indiana, vice president of administration at Clancy’s.
Assisting with the pageant was Elisa Strasser, of Anna.
Other contestants were Averi Clayton, 3, daughter of Ruthanna and James Clayton, of Sidney; Pascale Billing, 3, daughter of Gretchen and Logan Billing, of Anna; Josie Albers, 5, daughter of Melissa and Kevin Albers, of Anna; Colleen Davidson, 5, daughter of Staci and Travis Davidson, of Anna; Britton Yinger, daughter of Breezy and Jake Yinger, of Jackson Center; Aubrey Huelskamp, 4, daughter of Rachel and Doug Hueslkamp, of Sidney; Ariella, 5, and Amelia Dearth, 3, daughters of Sherry and Jeremy Dearth, of Sidney; Emma Middleton, daughter of Susan and Alan Middleton, of Sidney.
Also Caroline Morris, 4, daughter Amy and Jeff Morris, of Botkins; Nora Canan, 4, daughter of Carnem and Jon Canan, of Anna; Reese Huelskamp, 5, daughter of Stacy and David Huelskamp, of Sidney; Joseph Brown, 4, son of Charity Bodenmiller, of Sidney; Kaden Ward, 5, son of Kristi and Michael Ward, of Sidney; Myles Bertsch, son of Tiffany and Scott Bertsch, of Anna; Henry, 5, and Oliver Bensman, 3, sons of Sheila and Randy Bensman, of Sidney; Sabastian Davis, 5, son of Ellean and Skyler Davis-Michael, of Sidney; Elijah Heilers, 4, son of Sarah and Aaron Heilers, of Anna; Lamarcus Taborn, 3, son of Brook Gates and Lamar Taborn, of Sidney; and Everet Lemly, 3, son of Jessica and Jason Lemly, of Anna.
Each contestant received a discount coupon to Clancy’s and a T-shirt.