Maria Bittner is closing out her yr as Fayette County Truthful Queen with lifelong reminiscences, lasting friendships and fulfilled targets.
The 19-year-old Uniontown lady stated she was honored to have the ability to speak with different ladies and encourage them to comply with in her footsteps, each with the honest and with 4-H. She stated many youthful ladies requested her all year long about her success.
“I used to be capable of push them and it was tremendous memorable,” she stated.
Bittner by no means confirmed livestock and didn’t develop up on a farm. As a substitute, she participated in 4-H with the horse membership, together with in barrel racing competitions. She stated she needed to showcase among the much less conventional points of 4-H, and she or he thinks her reign as queen did simply that.
“It is very uncommon that horse individuals run for queen, not to mention win,” she stated.
Bittner additionally stated she was stunned by the quantity of people that have been all in favour of her background and her story.
“Somebody from the surface actually did discover their means in and was profitable in that,” she stated. “That was one thing I did not anticipate individuals to be all in favour of, however they have been.”
She additionally famous that many individuals needed to know in regards to the internal workings of the honest, and her duties as Fayette County Truthful Queen.
“Lots of people have been genuinely curious and ,” she stated. “I actually assume that left a mark on plenty of ladies who have been hesitant at first.”
She stated she spent the yr forming bonds with different queens at competitions, representing 4-H and constructing new connections throughout the group.
“I used to be truthfully stunned on the connections I’ve made with my group and with different queens,” she stated.
She stated she was informed she would kind a robust bond with different honest queens all through the state, however she was stunned how true that was. Lots of them reside a number of hours away, so ending her reign means she is not going to see them as usually at competitions.
“It is a bittersweet second,” she stated.
Bittner stated it was a singular yr to be a good queen, following a yr of postponed public occasions and sustained financial struggles. The 2021 honest additionally drew a record-breaking crowd, and she or he was happy to symbolize the honest in a yr with widespread group involvement and assist.
“It was undoubtedly record-breaking numbers, in order that was tremendous thrilling to see,” she stated.
She stated it was a motivating expertise to speak to locals about how they overcame hardships introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“To speak to individuals about how they overcame these varieties of struggles, it was tremendous, tremendous motivating,” she stated.
Bittner is ending her last yr with 4-H and can start her sophomore yr at Seton Hill College, working towards a enterprise advertising and marketing diploma.
She stated a second that can keep in her reminiscence is carrying the flag to open for the rodeo.
“That was one thing that actually set it off for me. That is one thing that I all the time dreamed of,” she stated. “That is one thing that’s all the time going to stay with me.”