COLUMBUS, Indiana — Best friends exchanged the crown as Alisha Adams was named Bartholomew County’s 2017 fair queen.

When Adams’ name was announced as Miss Congeniality during Sunday night’s competition at Columbus North High School, there were cheers.

But the second time her name was called as the 2017 fair queen, the 18-year-old from Columbus was overcome with emotion as she was crowned by last year’s winner, Bailey Meyer. The pair have been best friends since starting their freshman years of high school.

Adams spend her first three years at Columbus North, then transferred to Columbus East High School for her senior year. Meyer was a four-year student at East, where both completed their high school educations in June.

Look for full coverage — story and photos — in Tuesday’s Republic.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or