Idaho County Fair Queen Kara Stefani
By Lorie Palmer
Idaho County Free Press
From the 2009 Idaho County Fair Premium Book
“Being royalty is something I had never considered,” recalled Idaho County Fair Queen Kara Stefani.  “A friend of mine called me and told me I’d be good for it and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it definitely fit my personality.”
Stefani said seeing the faces of the younger girls at parades, reminds her that she is a role model.
“Especially with a crown on,” she said.  “This has helped to make me the girl I am today and keep myself in check.”
Stefani is the daughter of Charles and Kathy Stefani of Grangeville.  In the fall she will be a junior at Grangeville High School.  There, she has been involved in FCCLA, choir, band, and cheerleading. She has also led a team for Relay for Life and is on a “No Means Know” dating violence committee. 
This summer Stefani has been helping teach summer school, worked with vacation Bible school, helped provide nursing home church services, and – “my favorite,” – baby-sitting.
“I would definitely encourage other girls to try out for fair royalty, because it’s such an awesome experience,” Stefani said.  “I’ve made great friends and lots of connections through royalty, and I wouldn’t change a thing.  I’ve learned responsibility, how to spend money with a limit in mind, and how to make decisions on the spur of the moment.  I couldn’t have had a better time learning these things and I’m proud of the job I’ve done. 
Stefani’s sponsor for the fair is Irwin Drug, Inc.
“I want to thank everybody for their support in everything I do.  I like to participate in as much as I can, and it make my life hectic!  I couldn’t do it without the help of my friends and family and I can’t thank them enough,” Stefani added.  “My  future plan is to be very involved in the community and to use the things I’m involved in to grow as a person.  I would like to attend college to study music and communications, and then someday hope to start a family.”

First Princess Mary Shears
By Lorie Palmer
Idaho County Free Press
From the 2009 Idaho County Fair Premium Book
“This experience has allowed me to not only become good friends with two wonderful girls, but also meet two incredible families and share this experience with all of them,” said Idaho County Fair First Princess Mary Shears. 
Shears is a senior at Prairie High School and is the daughter of Randy and Vicki Shears of Cottonwood.
At school Shears is involved in basketball, track and field, PAVE, honor society, drama, choir and drug-free group.  She is also a member of and also sponsored by the Cottonwood Saddliers and Livestock 4-H Club. 
“I appreciate how much work goes into the fair and I’m glad I was able to be a part of that,” Shears added.
Shears said she has “loved” her experience and “it’s fun to have all the little girls run up and say how beautiful you look and say how they want to be a princess, too,” Shears said.
Following graduation from high school, Shears plans to go on to college and perhaps begin with cosmetology. 
Shears works for Cheri Seubert McDonough and also helps with youth group activities for junior high students through her church.

Second Princess Rachel Kaschmitter
By Lorie Palmer
Idaho County Free Press
From the 2009 Idaho County Fair Premium Book
“Being royalty has helped me build confidence in speaking and in becoming a leader,” said Idaho County Fair Second Princess Rachel Kaschmitter.
Kaschmitter is the daughter of Tim and Carrie Kaschmitter of Grangeville and is going into her junior year at Grangeville High School.  She is involved in volleyball, quiz bowl and cheerleading.  She is also a member of the This and That 4-H Club.
Kaschmitter is sponsored by Primeland.  She is involved in her church youth group and Relay for Life. 
“I would definitely urge other girls to try out for royalty because it really helps build confidence in yourself and helps build leadership skills, too,” said Kaschmitter.  “It also utilizes your creativity.” 
Following graduation from high school, Kaschmitter plans to pursue a career that uses her creative side, such as a fashion designer or interior decorator. 

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