Kaylan Daily knows that with hard work, dreams do come true.
As a kid, Kaylan said she watched girls in pretty dresses and sparkly tiaras welcome people to the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair. She said she has wanted to be like them — a fair queen — ever since.
This year, after competing in the fair queen pageant and making fair court the previous two years, Kaylan, now 19, finally got her wish and was crowned queen of the 2012 county fair.
“I was very honored and overwhelmed,” she said. “I was crying the entire time.”
“I just kept trying. I guess if you want something so much, you never give up on it.”
Kaylan’s sister, 17-year-old Lynsey Daily, was crowned Miss Congeniality of the pageant. That was a big bonus, Kaylan said.
As members of the court, the sisters will be together throughout their fair duties.
“We were there for each other during the pageant, and now we’ll be there for each other (at the fair),” Kaylan said.
Michelle Daily, mother of Kaylan and Lynsey, said she is very proud of her daughters. Since the girls will be busy with court duties, Michelle said the family will pitch in to take care of the cattle they plan to show at the fair.
“It’ll be a fun, busy week,” Michelle said.
Kaylan, who works at her family’s business, Daily Feed and Grain, said she is looking forward to everything about fair week — even the 5 a.m. wake-up time and full schedule of daily activities.
She said she hopes to represent 4-H and the county to the best of her ability and to be a good role model for younger fair-goers.
“I am very excited,” Kaylan said. “I’d love to get as many pictures as possible so I can keep those memories.”
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