Area Youth to Compete in Springfield

BOONE COUNTY (WIFR) -- The Boone County Fair Association is sending three area youth who were winners at the 2012 Boone County Fair to compete in statewide competitions at the 103rd Annual Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs, January 19th and 20th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, IL

IAAF includes 104 county fairs, the Illinois and DuQuoin State Fairs and 290 associate members representing entrepreneurs and vendors supporting the fair industry.

Competing in the State Queen Pageant will be The 2012 Boone County Fair Queen Jenna Joy Rodberg of Belvidere. Jenna attends Rockford Christian School where she is a senior. Jenna plans to attend Rock Valley College and go on to a 4 year university pursuing a degree in dermatology and nutrition. Jenna is on the high honor roll and a member of the National Honor Society. She is captain of the Competition Dance Team and has received the Leadership Award for Dance and the Award for Encouragement as well as being a judge for tryouts to the dance team. Jenna is also teaching a dance clinic for elementary students. Jenna enjoys working out at the YMCA, running, baking and cooking, marvel super hero movies such as The Avengers and Ironman as well as listening to “Texas Country” music. Jenna is sponsored by Jack Wolf Auto City. Her platform is “Changing the Way Society Views the Mentally Handicapped”. The Queen Pageant takes place Sunday evening, January 20th in the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom.

Competing in the Senior Talent Competition will be the 2012 Boone County Fair’s 1st Place winner Kelli Wenger of Belvidere. Kelli is a 17 year old senior at Belvidere High School. Kelli will be singing while playing acoustic guitar. Kelli is a prolific singer and musician participating in choruses, musicals, concert bands, jazz bands, symphonic bands, rock bands, church functions, weddings, banquets and special events. Kelli also plays tenor saxophone. Kelli has been a member of The Wranglers 4-H Club for the past 10 years where she currently serves as Treasurer. She is also a member of the National Honor Society with a 4.0 grade average. Kelli says she always tries to find a unique twist in performing the songs she sings.
The Senior Talent Competition takes place Saturday evening, January 19th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Senior Talent is open to youth ages 15 to 21.

Competing in the Junior Talent Competition will be the 2012 Boone County Fair’s 1st Place winner Lars Burke of Crystal Lake. Lars is a 11 year old 5th grader at West Elementary School in Crystal Lake. Lars will be performing amazing feats and tricks with yo-yo’s. Over the past year Lars taught himself how to do yo-yo tricks by watching ‘You Tube’ videos. And these tricks according to various witnesses of his abilities are nothing short of astounding. Almost “magical” as one person put it. And according to Lars he is much better now than he was at the fair in August. Lars uses a wide variety of yo-yo’s using certain yo-yo’s for certain tricks. Lars also plays percussion in band and plays the guitar.
The Junior Talent Competition takes place Saturday afternoon, January 19th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Junior Talent is open to youth up to 14 years of age.

The Boone County Fair will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary of being at the Route 76 location August 6th to the 11th in 2013. The Boone County Fair is owned and operated by the seven Grange chapters in Boone County. The Grange is a national family community service organization with its roots in agriculture.
There are 500 plus Grange members in Boone County. The fairgrounds is located at 8791 Route 76, one mile north of Belvidere. For more info go to or call 815-544-2900 Mon & Weds.

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