The parking lot near the Livingston County Ag Fairgrounds was packed on Wednesday, the first night of the fair, in anticipation of the Broken Horn Rodeo Company's World Championship Rodeo. Before the rodeo began, Livingston County Ag Fair President Rick Tucker announced this year's Livingston County Ag Fair King and Queen, Mark Corrigan and Megan Ifft.
    This year, the competition had three contestants. With only one male contestant participating,  Corrigan had the king spot all but locked up. However, both Ifft and Emily Friese had to wait in eagar anticipation on stage as Tucker announced this year's winner. Also in attendance for the ceremony was last year's Livingston County Ag Fair Queen, Kylie Miller.
    Although unanticipated microphone problems caused some issues during the ceremony, Tucker was able to announce that Ifft had been selected as this year's queen.
    Ifft, 18, is the daughter of Tom and Amy Ifft. This year's king, Mark Corrigan, 17, is the son of Anne and Mark Corrigan of Pontiac.
    "I am just really proud to represent Livingston County as this year's ag fair queen," Ifft said. "I want to be somebody that the younger 4-H members want to look up to and I'm willing to help out in any way I can."
    This was the first year that Ifft had ever tried out for the title of ag fair queen. She said after graduating from Prairie Central High School in May, she felt it was time to try to become queen.
    "I thought I would run this year before things get too crazy in college, so I just took a shot at it."
    Ifft is planning to attend University of St. Francis in Joliet this fall for nursing.
    For Corrigan, this was the second year he has tried out for ag fair king. He said he wasn't frustrated about losing last year and wanted to try and run again to show people that never giving up pays off. Corrigan will be starting his senior year at Pontiac Township High School this fall. Next year, Corrigan is planning to attend Lakeland College to study to become a tractor service technician.
    Ifft said it was a rush to be up on stage. She said she was nervous to see who would win this year, but once it was announced, Ifft said she was proud to have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
    "You go around all day talking to people and you know that this is anybody's award to win, so it was really cool to finally hear my name called," Ifft said. "After a long day of campaigning, I was really excited. However, Emily is also a really good competitor and candidate. She would have been just as good for queen."
    Both Corrigan and Ifft said they are both excited for the fair this week. With Wednesday almost  wrapped up, Corrigan said the weather has made the fair year great. Both Ifft and Corrigan agreed that the rodeo was their favorite event of the week. In addition, Ifft said she was looking forward to watching all the kids compete with their projects.
    "This year, I'm really looking forward to helping out in this kitchen," Corrigan said. "It was rebuilt from the ground up and it is just really a nice place to work."
    One thing Tucker mentioned in his speech, before naming this year's king and queen, was the need for more competitors in the future. Both Ifft and Corrigan encouraged others to try out in the future.
    "It's just a great experience overall," Ifft said. "It's a lot of fun and a great opportunity to make new friends."