ANDERSON — Madison Mitchell has been participating in the McDonald County Fair for nearly as long as she can remember.

The 14-year-old Anderson resident has been taking part in the annual event for 10 years, showing her animals, being a fair royalty candidate, and enjoying all the other traditional fair attractions.

However, as Mitchell walks the fairgrounds this summer it will be a little different, as she will be doing so with a tiara on her head.

Mitchell was crowned the 2013 McDonald County Fair Queen Thursday evening, in the Ricky Lee Huston Show Arena at the McDonald County Fairgrounds in Anderson.

"I was super excited," Mitchell said. "I wasn't expecting it at all because the contestants I was up against are also active in the fair."

The job duties of a fair queen include passing out ribbons and assisting participants, but Mitchell will have some help with those tasks from the fair princess.

Joining her in the show arena Thursday evening was this year's McDonald County Fair Princess, Whitney Kinser.

Kinser, 11, of Rocky Comfort, said she has participated in the contest before and was surprised when the emcee announced her name.

"I'm excited," Kinser said. "I haven't won it since 2010, so I didn't expect it."

Kinser said she has taken part in the county fair for six years.

"I show one hog and three sheep," Kinser said. "I've been showing since I was five."

Mitchell has also been showing animals for years, though this year she is trying something new.

"For the past nine years, I've shown dairy cattle," Kinser said. "This year I'm showing hogs for the first time and I'm pretty excited."

The fair continues today, with the day's events kicking off with a swine show set for 8 a.m., followed by a sheep show at 10 a.m., and rabbit and poultry judging also at 10 a.m.

The afternoon events include the beef cattle show at 1 p.m., the goat show at 4 p.m., bucket calf interviews at 5 p.m., and the bucket calf show at 6 p.m.

This evening's events include a play presented by the McDonald County Summer Theatre, set for 6:30 p.m., a youth tractor pull, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and a dairy cattle show at 7 p.m.