Below are profiles of the 2011 Idaho County Fair Royalty written by Lorie Palmer of the Idaho County Free Press for the 2011 Idaho County Fair Premium Book
Queen Sarah Baune
Baune, a Grangeville High School junior, is the daughter of Mark and Tracy Baune of Grangeville. She has one older sister, Katrina Baune, 20.
Baune is involved in This and That 4-H Club (her fair sponsor), Health Occupations Students of America, Youth Legislature and church youth group. She also served as class president her sophomore year and plays volleyball and basketball. She is a member of the Grangeville Gun Club and has worked with the local swim team and as a family farmhand.
Baune explained being fair royalty as a “once in a lifetime experience!”
“I would like to thank everyone who has helped us throughout the year,” she said. “We have received a lot of support and I greatly appreciate it.”
Baune’s favorites include the ’80s candy Razzles, the book Nineteen Minutes and the movie Sweet Home Alabama.
First Princess Merannda Chaffee
The Prairie High School class of 2011 graduate is the daughter of Kevin and Shari Chaffee of Cottonwood. She has three siblings: Seth, 15; Hunter, 11; and Ciara, 8. She is the granddaughter of Linda Chaffee of Cottonwood.
Chaffee has entered in the open class division of the fair in photography for many years. She is a member of Prairie League and has served as the boys basketball statistician. She was on the track team at PHS and currently works as a box kid at Cottonwood Foods. She has also been a lift operator at Cottonwood Ski Butte.
“Being royalty is a great overall experience,” Chaffee said. “If you’re shy like I was it’s a great way to overcome that.”
Chaffee said few people know she likes to write poetry and has even had her writing published. She also enjoys photography and graphic design.
Second Princess Halee Hill
Hill, a junior at Grangeville High School, is the daughter of Chad and Terra Hill of Grangeville. She has a younger sister, Hayden, and a dog, Dixie.
“Technically, Dixie’s my favorite sister,” joked Hill.
Her grandparents are Larry and Nancy Hill of Grangeville and Terri and Daryl Duff.
Hill belongs to the Hold Your Horses and Barnyard Beastiles 4-H clubs. She plays volleyball and basketball and participates in track and Varsity Blue choir. She is also a member of youth group at the Catholic church.
Hill said she loves to sing, wakeboard and water ski.
“This experience gave me a lot of confidence and it’s truly worth doing,” she emphasized.