Archer enjoying ride as Fair Queen
By Kelly Rayl
The 2019 Yuma County Fair Queen is Jacy Archer. Jacy has traveled many miles representing Yuma County with her horse Blackberry and she has had a blast!
Well as much fun as you can have with your Dad or Grandmother traveling with you. Yes, the job of the Yuma County Fair Queen does entail some quality family time.
Jacy is an 18-year-old freshman at Fort Hayes University, and the daughter of John and the late Jodi Archer. Her mother passed away with cancer five years ago. She has really enjoyed her reign as this year’s fair queen. She is thankful for the opportunity and all the help along the way. Various sponsors have generously donated to cover the traveling expenses for her and Blackberry, as well as Lady-In-Waiting Morgan Jones and her horse.
“I have really enjoyed meeting new people,” said Jacy, “and Blackberry has been pretty impressive. He even had a kid hug his leg. He just turned and looked. I think I was more alarmed by the hug than he was. You need to expect the unexpected.”
Jacy’s sister Jory was a fair queen. That is when she first had the idea of becoming a fair queen herself. “That really caught my eye.” The competition includes horsemanship, etiquette (people skills) and a speech. “It’s really important to learn how to get along with people.”
Jacy has always loved the Yuma County Fair, she also shows dairy cows during the event. In fact, that is one of her favorite parts, the competition in the show ring.
“Yuma County has a great fair, we really look forward to the Parade too,” she said.
Jacy leaves for college soon, but is planning on attending the Old Settlers celebration, which is when Jones will take over as fair queen.
She would like to say thank you to all that have been so helpful during her reign as the Yuma County Fair Queen and she looks forward to seeing everybody at the fair.