Queen of Hamilton County is Sheridan’s Rachael Adams

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    Master of Ceremonies Chuck Godby asks contestant Annalise Marie Rogers, Fishers, a question during the Evening Gown portion of the Hamilton County 4-H Queen Pageant. Rogers is the daughter of Mark and Bridget Rogers and is a member of the Giddy Up Gang 4-H Club.
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    Janell Kapp, Fishers, makes her way down the runway during the Evening Gown portion of the Hamilton County 4-H Queen Pageant. Kapp is the daughter of Mike and Susan Kapp and is a member of the Clover Kids 4-H Club.
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    Audience members watch Crystal Xue, Carmel, walk down the runway. Xue is the daughter of Xinjian Xue and Fei Shen and is a member of the Carmel 4-C’s.
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    Phyllis Davis waits for the Hamilton County 4-H Queen Pageant to resume while intermission is under way. Davis has served as the piano accompanist for the pageant since 1968.
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    The 2015 Hamilton County 4-H Queen Madison McFadden of Noblesville waves at the crowd as she walks down the runway during the pageant.
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    The 2015 Hamilton County 4-H Queen Madison McFadden, left, hugs Rachel Adams, Sheridan, after Adams wins the title of 2016 Hamilton County 4-H Queen. Adams is the daughter of Christian and Jennifer Adams and is a member of the Sheridan Ag 4-H Club.
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    Katie Goodyear, Fishers, Megan Wiley, Fishers, Chloe Mills, Cicero, Lily Arnold, Noblesville, and Jaci Zook, Noblesville stand behind Rachel Adams, Sheridan, as photos are taken of the group. Goodyear, Wiley, Mills, Arnold and Zook made up Adams’ court.
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    Rachel Adams’ name sits on a cutout of Indiana. Cutouts of the state of Indiana with the names of the contestants of the Hamilton County 4-H Queen Pageant were hung on a black curtain on the stage that contestants competed on.
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    From left, Carl Gooch, Lauren Smith and Jared Pike converse after the Hamilton County 4-H Queen Pageant. Smith, Indianapolis, is the daughter of Bud and Kimberann Smith and is a member of the Giddy Up Gang 4-H Club.
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    Rachel Adams smiles after winning the Hamilton County 4-H Queen Pageant. Adams is the daughter of Christian and Jennifer Adams and is a member of the Sheridan Ag 4-H Club.

By Jason Conerly

Rachel Adams of Sheridan has been named the 2016 Hamilton County 4-H Queen.

Before roses were given and sashes were adorned, a vetting process had to go under way.

While Judges Daphne Whitmire, Ashley Sweeney and Barb Beutler were attentive, one by one, contestants came to the stage from behind a curtain for the 2016 Hamilton County 4-H Queen Pageant.

The evening kicked off by entertaining the crowd with the “Indiana Moon”, a dance, and a greater understanding of what 4-H means to the contestants was gained throughout the evening while contestants modeled professional wear and evening gowns before Master of Ceremonies Chuck Godby announced Adams as the winner.

For young women wanting to partake in the Hamilton County 4-H Queen Pageant, Adams gave a sliver of advice.

“Be confident and be yourself, because that’s the most important part. If you’re not yourself, then you’re not comfortable.”

A member of the Sheridan Ag 4-H Club, Adams is the daughter of Christian and Jennifer Adams.