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The Suburbanite
  • Five things you should know about Madison Weber

  •  Madison Weber is the first Northeast Ohio teen to be selected Ohio Fairs’ Queen, and she’s not taking the title lightly. She sees her win as a way to educate the state about the importance of farming.

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  •   Madison Weber is the first Northeast Ohio teen to be selected Ohio Fairs’ Queen, and she’s not taking the title lightly. She sees her win as a way to educate the state about the importance of farming.
    The 17-year-old was crowned earlier this month during the Ohio Fair Managers Convention in Columbus. Competing against 65 others for the title, the Fairless High School senior wants to redefine the expectations of the Stark County community, not through beauty, but through education.
    Her goals this year are to:
    • Revolutionize the way we view agriculture, noting that there have been a number of initiatives and advancements in this field, both locally and nationally.
    • Introduce farming to all youngsters to help them learn about planting crops and plowing fields.
    • Teach the importance of farming, being independent, and how something as simple as food can keep us, as a country, free and independent.
    Here are five things you should know about Madison:
    1. She’s more than lucky; she’s prepared. “I have been a member of the Hollow Valley Herdsmen 4-H club for nine years. Growing up in the 4-H program has taught me that having a good work ethic is possibly the most valuable characteristic one could have. On any given day one could get lucky, however it is the ones who put in the time and effort that tend to find ‘luck’ more often.”
    2. She has a mission. Madison said she became involved with the queen pageant because it gave her the perfect platform to talk about 4-H and educate the community about the importance of farming. She also is sharing her passion for community service and hopes to inspire more young people to give back.
    3. She’s forward-thinking. Madison believes 4-H will continue to be as relevant in 10 years as it is today. “Many people do not pay close attention to the agriculture business yet, ironically, everybody eats. It is important to continue to educate the youth about food production because it is vital that the United States continues to produce food. The world may change and our list of imported goods may increase and diversify, but the list should not include our food necessities.”
    4. Traveling is a big part of her year. Not only does she plan on educating others about the plight of farmers and the need to produce our own food, Madison will be learning from others as well. During her reign, she will visit as many of Ohio’s 95 county and independent fairs as she can.
    5. She loves Stark County. “When I was selected as the 2012 Ohio Fairs’ Queen, I knew that they were not only picking me but also my county,” Madison said. “The win reflects the success of the program that I have grown up in. I feel a certain duty to represent the state well, but I feel an even bigger pressure to represent my county well.”