PLYMOUTH -- Plymouth Future Farmer's of America former president Natalie Snyder (2018-2019) was crowned the 2020-2021 Richland County Junior Fair queen this past August.
"Joining FFA and 4-H and taking leadership roles brought me to where I am today," Snyder said. "I am currently studying agricultural communications at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in Wooster. I plan on graduating with my associates in Agricultural Communications in the summer of 2021, and then I’ll be going onto graphic design school and also study web design.
"I am so excited to see what the future has in store for me, but I am also super excited to represent Richland County this coming year as the Junior Fair queen and Horse ambassador, both things I have been working towards for such a long time."
Her journey started at a very young age.
Snyder started showing horses at the Richland County Fair through the Richland County Wranglers 4-H club as a clover bud in open shows at the age of 5. She continued to show horses and tacked on market boar goats the year of 2013 as her first market livestock project. She has served as the Richland County Wranglers 4-H club president for the past five years.
For the past two years Snyder has been working closely with the younger members teaching them how parliamentary procedure works, studying questions for book judging and more.
“My start in 4-H shaped me into the person I needed to be for my leadership role in FFA,” she said.
Snyder started FFA her freshmen year at Plymouth High School in 2015. She was part of the forestry soils, and equine teams, participated in the Job Interview and Public Speaking CDE. She placed at the state level multiple times in those events.
“I am born and raised in Richland County, attending the fair for as long as I could remember and even before then," Snyder said. "My 4-H advisor likes to tell me a story of how she was holding me at my first 4-H meeting just weeks old, and how I have never missed a meeting since. My first pony I ever took to the fair would listen to the announcer when they would say walk and trot, stop and back so all I had to do was sit there and hold on.
"Then I started showing goats and it was a crazy adventure at first, but definitely one of my favorites. Taking animals taught me so much about responsibility and time management."
Snyder, who is a 2020 State FFA Degree recipient, said she wants to thank her friends, family, fellow exhibitors, 4-H and FFA advisors, and all others who helped her reach this stage.
"I am so excited for this new journey and hope fairs will be in full swing in 2021 as I proudly represent our county,” she said.