In ceremonies held at the Newton County Fairgrounds on Sunday, the 2017 Fair Royalty were selected and crowned.

In ceremonies held at the Newton County Fairgrounds on Sunday, the 2017 Fair Royalty were selected and crowned.  
The 2016 Missouri State Fair Queen, Lani Ogle of Sarcoxie, served as emcee at the event.  Titles were awarded in four divisions, Fair Queen, Fair Princess, Fair Junior Princess, and Lil' Mister and Lil' Miss Newton County
Queen candidates were Felicity Bruegel, Katelyn Austin, Lacey Barnes, Lydia Scott, and Regan Rogers. Princess candidates this year were Allison Brown, Emily Rogers, Maelyn Wright, Myla Hembree, Sidnee Bradshaw and Vanessa Enlow. Junior princess candidates were Ashlyn Barnes, Morgan Barber and Sophia Anderson.Mack Thogmartin was the uncontested Little Mister candidate. Little Miss Newton County candidates were Addyson Hayes and Audrey Helm.
Felicity Bruegel of Seneca, daughter of John and Sonja Bruegel, was crowned 2017 Fair Queen. Bruegel was sponsored by the Lucky Clover 4-H club.  "I'm a total social butterfly," Bruegel said when asked what she would bring to the role of queen. "I love to help people, any way I can."
Myla Hembree, also of Seneca, was crowned 2017 Newton County Fair Princess. Hembree is the daughter of Brian Hembree and Jami Hembree.  Ashlyn Barnes was crowned Junior Princess.  The Queen and the princesses were chosen by a panel of judges, based on an interview, public speaking, and attire. Business attire was required for the interview and formal wear for the pageant.
Lil' Mister Newton County and Lil' Miss Newton County were also crowned. Winners were chosen by penny votes.  Mack Thogmartin and Addyson Hayes were the respective winners.
Additional photos and coverage of the 2017 Newton County Fair and this year's royalty will be included in the special July 4, Fair Edition of the Neosho Daily News.