Little Miss follows in mom’s footsteps


Little Mister also named

By Patricia Ann Speelman - pspeelman@sidneydailynews.com



Landon Everett, 5, son of Stephanie and Tyler Everett, of Sidney, expounds about ghosts in answer to a question by mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink, left, during the 2018 Little Mister Shelby County Fair contest, Sunday, July 22.

Landon Everett, 5, son of Stephanie and Tyler Everett, of Sidney, expounds about ghosts in answer to a question by mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink, left, during the 2018 Little Mister Shelby County Fair contest, Sunday, July 22.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Colleen Davidson, 5, daughter of Staci and Travis Davidson, of Sidney, sings “You Are My Sunshine” with an assist from mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink, of Amos Memorial Public Library, during the 2018 Little Miss Shelby County Fair contest, Sunday, July 22.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Rikki Unterbrink, center, director of youth services at Amos Memorial Public Library and mistress of ceremonies at the 2018 Little Mister and Miss Shelby County Fair contest, poses with the winners, Landon Everett, 4, left, son of Stephanie and Tyler Everett, and Emma Tobie, 3, daughter of Kelly and Dexter Tobie, all of Sidney, Sunday, July 22, in Sidney.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Josie Albers, 5, right, daughter of Melissa and Kevin Albers, of Anna, greets mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink during the 2018 Little Miss Shelby County Fair contest, Sunday, July 22. Josie was the first contestant to be interviewed by Unterbrink. She charmed the whole audience when she said what she wants to be when she grows up: “A mom.”


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Gary Strasser, left, manager of Clancy’s, announces Landon Everett, 5, center as the 2018 Little Mr. Shelby County Fair as 2018 Little Miss Fair Emma Tobie, 3, and mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink look on. Landon is the son of Stephanie and Tyler Everett, of Sidney. Emma is the daughter of Kelly and Dexter Tobie, of Sidney. Clancy’s sponsored the contest.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Elisa Strasser, of Anna, right, checks in Oliver, 3, and Henry Bensman, 5, as the boys’ mom, Sheila Bensman looks on, Sunday, July 22, at the Shelby County Fair. The Bensman boys, of Sidney, participated in the fair’s Little Mr. Fair contest. They are also the sons of Randy Bensman.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Rikki Unterbrink, left, interviews Britton Yinger, 3, daughter of Breezy and Jake Yinger, of Jackson Center, during the 2018 Little Miss Shelby County Fair Contest, Sunday, July 22, in Sidney. Britton said she “flew in the air with wings.”


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Rikki Unterbrink, left, mistress of ceremonies, talks with a contestant in the 2018 Little Mister Shelby County Fair contest, Sunday, July 22.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

2018 Little Miss Shelby County Fair Emma Tobie, 3, daughter of Kelly and Dexter Tobie, of Sidney, gets a sash assist from contest mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink at the fair, Sunday, July 22.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Kelly Boyer, 6, left, smiles for the camera after being named Little Miss Shelby County Fair in 1993. Twenty-five years later, her daughter won the same title.


Courtesy photo

Landon Everett, 4, son of Stephanie and Tyler Everett, and Emma Tobie, 3, daughter of Kelly and Dexter Tobie, all of Sidney, were named 2018 Little Mr. and Little Miss Shelby County Fair, Sunday, July 22.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

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.

Landon Everett, 5, son of Stephanie and Tyler Everett, of Sidney, expounds about ghosts in answer to a question by mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink, left, during the 2018 Little Mister Shelby County Fair contest, Sunday, July 22.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_IMG_0568-copy.jpgLandon Everett, 5, son of Stephanie and Tyler Everett, of Sidney, expounds about ghosts in answer to a question by mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink, left, during the 2018 Little Mister Shelby County Fair contest, Sunday, July 22. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Colleen Davidson, 5, daughter of Staci and Travis Davidson, of Sidney, sings “You Are My Sunshine” with an assist from mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink, of Amos Memorial Public Library, during the 2018 Little Miss Shelby County Fair contest, Sunday, July 22.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_IMG_0556-copy.jpgColleen Davidson, 5, daughter of Staci and Travis Davidson, of Sidney, sings “You Are My Sunshine” with an assist from mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink, of Amos Memorial Public Library, during the 2018 Little Miss Shelby County Fair contest, Sunday, July 22. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Rikki Unterbrink, center, director of youth services at Amos Memorial Public Library and mistress of ceremonies at the 2018 Little Mister and Miss Shelby County Fair contest, poses with the winners, Landon Everett, 4, left, son of Stephanie and Tyler Everett, and Emma Tobie, 3, daughter of Kelly and Dexter Tobie, all of Sidney, Sunday, July 22, in Sidney.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_IMG_0582-copy.jpgRikki Unterbrink, center, director of youth services at Amos Memorial Public Library and mistress of ceremonies at the 2018 Little Mister and Miss Shelby County Fair contest, poses with the winners, Landon Everett, 4, left, son of Stephanie and Tyler Everett, and Emma Tobie, 3, daughter of Kelly and Dexter Tobie, all of Sidney, Sunday, July 22, in Sidney. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Josie Albers, 5, right, daughter of Melissa and Kevin Albers, of Anna, greets mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink during the 2018 Little Miss Shelby County Fair contest, Sunday, July 22. Josie was the first contestant to be interviewed by Unterbrink. She charmed the whole audience when she said what she wants to be when she grows up: “A mom.”
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_IMG_0554-copy.jpgJosie Albers, 5, right, daughter of Melissa and Kevin Albers, of Anna, greets mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink during the 2018 Little Miss Shelby County Fair contest, Sunday, July 22. Josie was the first contestant to be interviewed by Unterbrink. She charmed the whole audience when she said what she wants to be when she grows up: “A mom.” Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Gary Strasser, left, manager of Clancy’s, announces Landon Everett, 5, center as the 2018 Little Mr. Shelby County Fair as 2018 Little Miss Fair Emma Tobie, 3, and mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink look on. Landon is the son of Stephanie and Tyler Everett, of Sidney. Emma is the daughter of Kelly and Dexter Tobie, of Sidney. Clancy’s sponsored the contest.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_IMG_0580-copy.jpgGary Strasser, left, manager of Clancy’s, announces Landon Everett, 5, center as the 2018 Little Mr. Shelby County Fair as 2018 Little Miss Fair Emma Tobie, 3, and mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink look on. Landon is the son of Stephanie and Tyler Everett, of Sidney. Emma is the daughter of Kelly and Dexter Tobie, of Sidney. Clancy’s sponsored the contest. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Elisa Strasser, of Anna, right, checks in Oliver, 3, and Henry Bensman, 5, as the boys’ mom, Sheila Bensman looks on, Sunday, July 22, at the Shelby County Fair. The Bensman boys, of Sidney, participated in the fair’s Little Mr. Fair contest. They are also the sons of Randy Bensman.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_IMG_0545-copy.jpgElisa Strasser, of Anna, right, checks in Oliver, 3, and Henry Bensman, 5, as the boys’ mom, Sheila Bensman looks on, Sunday, July 22, at the Shelby County Fair. The Bensman boys, of Sidney, participated in the fair’s Little Mr. Fair contest. They are also the sons of Randy Bensman. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Rikki Unterbrink, left, interviews Britton Yinger, 3, daughter of Breezy and Jake Yinger, of Jackson Center, during the 2018 Little Miss Shelby County Fair Contest, Sunday, July 22, in Sidney. Britton said she “flew in the air with wings.”
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_IMG_0560-copy.jpgRikki Unterbrink, left, interviews Britton Yinger, 3, daughter of Breezy and Jake Yinger, of Jackson Center, during the 2018 Little Miss Shelby County Fair Contest, Sunday, July 22, in Sidney. Britton said she “flew in the air with wings.” Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Rikki Unterbrink, left, mistress of ceremonies, talks with a contestant in the 2018 Little Mister Shelby County Fair contest, Sunday, July 22.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_IMG_0567-copy.jpgRikki Unterbrink, left, mistress of ceremonies, talks with a contestant in the 2018 Little Mister Shelby County Fair contest, Sunday, July 22.Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

2018 Little Miss Shelby County Fair Emma Tobie, 3, daughter of Kelly and Dexter Tobie, of Sidney, gets a sash assist from contest mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink at the fair, Sunday, July 22.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_IMG_0578-copy.jpg2018 Little Miss Shelby County Fair Emma Tobie, 3, daughter of Kelly and Dexter Tobie, of Sidney, gets a sash assist from contest mistress of ceremonies Rikki Unterbrink at the fair, Sunday, July 22. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Kelly Boyer, 6, left, smiles for the camera after being named Little Miss Shelby County Fair in 1993. Twenty-five years later, her daughter won the same title.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_Little-Miss-1993b.jpgKelly Boyer, 6, left, smiles for the camera after being named Little Miss Shelby County Fair in 1993. Twenty-five years later, her daughter won the same title.Courtesy photo

Landon Everett, 4, son of Stephanie and Tyler Everett, and Emma Tobie, 3, daughter of Kelly and Dexter Tobie, all of Sidney, were named 2018 Little Mr. and Little Miss Shelby County Fair, Sunday, July 22.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_Landon-and-Emma.jpgLandon Everett, 4, son of Stephanie and Tyler Everett, and Emma Tobie, 3, daughter of Kelly and Dexter Tobie, all of Sidney, were named 2018 Little Mr. and Little Miss Shelby County Fair, Sunday, July 22. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News
Little Mister also named

By Patricia Ann Speelman

pspeelman@sidneydailynews.com

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.