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Fair queen crowned

August 24, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - Megan Godby was crowned the latest Houghton County Fair Queen at Thursday's program.

"I'm ecstatic," she said. "It's awesome. Oh my gosh, I can't believe it. It went by so fast. I had a great time."

Godby, of Atlantic Mine, is the daughter of Mike and Michele Godby. She is sponsored by Continental Fire Co.

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Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette
New Houghton County Fair Queen Megan Godby is seen onstage at the Houghton County Arena shortly after her coronation. Godby, of Atlantic Mine, and nine other Houghton County girls competed in the pageant, whih included interviews, talent, questions and an evening gown presentation

Runner-up was Erica LeClaire of Dollar Bay, sponsored by LJJ Construction. Second runner-up was Mackenzie Hietala of Houghton, sponsored by Sew Sisters.

Contestants were judged on an interview conducted before the pageant, as well as Thursday night's talent portion, evening gown and question-and-answer time.

Godby's talent was a dance routine, to Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love." The dance was adapted from a routine she had performed with her dance team.

"A lot of the parts are team stuff, so I had to add my own flair," she said.

This year's event had several new wrinkles. For the first time, the winners received cash prizes. The queen received $1,000, while the next two received $500 and $250, respectively.

The format was changed slightly. After the contestants answered a question given to them ahead of time ("If you could visit one country in the world, which would you choose and why?"), the judges narrowed the contestants to a top five. Those then answered an unknown final question, different for each.

For her country, Godby picked Scotland, because of the beautiful landscapes and the complexity of castles despite the primitive building techniques of the time.

In addition to Godby, Hietala and LeClaire, the final five also included Katie Miller of Lake Linden and Bryana Riutta of Houghton.

For the second question, Godby was asked to describe herself in one word. She chose "unique."

"I am my own person, and I try not to let others influence me. I do my own thing," she said.

Godby planned to put the $1,000 toward college.

"But tonight, I'm going to go around the fair and hang out with everybody," she said.



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