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Bellville Fair Queen Lauren Arter, left, stands with first runner-up Brielle Dornbirer (right) and second runner-up Hallie Gottfried (center).

BELLVILLE -- Lauren Arter almost entered the Bellville Fair Queen competition last year, but her nerves got the best of her.

This year, Arter’s decision to face her fears paid off big time. The Clear Fork High School senior was crowned this year’s Bellville Fair Queen.

“I was a little nervous, but I had a great time,” Arter said. “I wanted to do something that put me out of my comfort zone a little bit.”

Arter took the stage with the support of her friends and last year’s Fair Queen, Hannah Tarr.

“This year my friends pushed me to do something that scared me,” Arter said. “I’m really happy that they did.”

This year’s Fair Queen competition took place Sunday at the Bellville Band Stand. Private interviews with the contest judges took place on Saturday. Contestants were judged on poise, neatness, communication skills and community involvement.

Arter was joined on stage by Samantha Altman, Trinity Cook, Domonique Shand, second runner-up Hallie Gottfried and first runner-up Brielle Dornbirer.

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The 2020 Bellville Fair Queen contestants. Pictured from left to right are: Hallie Gottfried, Samantha Altman, Domonique Shand, Brielle Dornbirer, Trinity Cook and Lauren Arter.

Like Arter, this was Dornbirer’s first year participating in the Fair Queen contest.

“I would definitely do it again if I could,” said Dornbirer, a senior at Clear Fork High School.

Gottfried, also a member of the senior class, took second runner-up for the second year in a row. She chose to participate in the fair queen competition a second time because it’s a unique experience, a chance to practice public speaking and a fun way to get to know people.

“It was different than it was before obviously, but I think it went pretty well for how we had to handle it,” Gottfried said. “I had a lot of fun getting to know those girls a little better than I already did.”

Arter is a member of the National Honor Society and plays snare drum with the Clear Fork High School Marching Band. She is currently taking six college classes online through North Central State College. She enjoys cooking, lifting weights and works at the Keto Zone. After graduation, she hopes to continue her studies and pursue a career in physical therapy. 

Dornbirer is dual enrolled at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where she is completing her first year of nursing school. She hopes to become a nurse practitioner and work in a pediatrician’s office. She is currently a member of the Leo, science and Spanish clubs at Clear Fork High School. She spends her free time hiking and working at From The Ground Up Greenhouse & Market in Lexington.

Gottfried is a three-season athlete, playing on Clear Fork’s volleyball, basketball and softball teams. She’s also a member of the National Honor Society and student council. She enjoys babysitting, longboarding and painting vinyl records. After graduation, she plans to study special education at North Central State or the Ohio State University Mansfield campus.

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Katie is a staff reporter focusing on business, education and feature reporting. She is a 2014 graduate of Clear Fork High School and studied journalism and Spanish at Asbury University.