Twenty county fair queens recently participated in a service project planned by 2012 Hamilton County 4-H Fair Queen Sarah Huber to help at a donation drop-off day at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
“Several of the girls have stayed at Riley themselves or know someone who has been treated there, which is why we wanted to give back to the hospital through this service project,” Huber said.
The group wore pink T-shirts during the event that read, “It’s not just a crown; it’s a megaphone.” Huber said this had been the group’s motto since they all competed at the Indiana State Fair Pageant in August.
“It reflects our commitment to making a difference and sharing the values of 4-H,” Huber said. “I think this was the first service project of its kind that has involved so many county queens, which is very exciting and I hope becomes a tradition. We were so excited when the staff at Riley told us that what we accomplished in a few hours would have taken their regular volunteer staff a week or two to complete. That goes to show how even just a small amount of time or effort can make a huge impact!”
Huber said she and her fellow county queens were planning more service projects for the upcoming months.
“I have no doubt that we will continue serving others long after we pass on our reigns because it is such an important aspect of life,” she said. “I really encourage everyone to find a way to get involved and give back, no matter how big or small. Whatever you have and wherever you are, you have a unique gift that can make a difference.”