WHARTON — Wednesday is the final day to vote for this year’s Wharton Festival king and queen. The candidates for queen this year are Taylor Blum, Chantell Collins, Lydia Haefer and Paige Pickett. Tyler Weatherholtz is the only candidate for king. Voting takes place at The First Citizens National Bank in Wharton, the Wharton Post Office and Mennco Grain.
Weatherholtz is a son of Joe and Ann Weatherholtz. He will be a senior at Riverdale High School this year and also attends Millstream Career Center in Findlay, where he is studying welding technology. Weatherholtz will be in his fourth year as a member of the Riverdale soccer team and also participates in Riverdale FFA, for which he has held offices and participated in leadership activities. Weatherholtz attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Kirby. He said he enjoys pulling trucks with his brothers, Jason and Kent; hunting, fishing and spending time with his friends.
Blum is a daughter of Bill and Tammie Blum. She is involved in the music and theatre programs at Riverdale High School, where she will be field commander of the marching band this year. She also is a student director in show choir and has been involved in musicals and plays at the school. Blum said her hobbies include playing piano and doing origami. She plans to attend college after graduating from high school, but has not yet decided on a major.
Collins will be a senior at Riverdale High School this fall. She also attends Millstream Career Center, studying hospitality and restaurant services. Collins is a daughter of William and Lori Gladden and Steve Collins. Her grandparents are Chuck and Barb Shuster and her brothers are Evan, Will and Liam Gladden. Collins has delivered The Daily Chief-Union in Wharton for seven years. She said she enjoys doing yarn work and crafts, reading and doing Zumba.
Haefer is a daughter of Jerry and Maxine Haefer. She is a varsity competition, varsity football and varsity basketball cheerleader, which she has been involved in all three years in high school and plans to participate again this year. Haefer was a junior attendant at homecoming and was on student council for one year. She attends Harpster United Methodist Church. Haefer plans to attend the University of Findlay after high school to become either an elementary school teacher or a special education teacher.
Pickett is a daughter of Jeff and Lori Pickett and a granddaughter of Jim and Janet Pickett. She attends Trinity Evangelical United Methodist Church, Upper Sandusky, where she has been involved in Keepers of Faith and was a youth group helper, teaching fifth and sixth grade students. Pickett was involved in Showstoppers and choir in junior high school and was a member of Riverdale Students Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She was on the prom committee during her junior year of high school and participates in volleyball and track. She said she enjoys swimming, biking, running, going to new places, taking pictures and having free time. Pickett plans to attend The Ohio State University to major in criminology. She said she hopes to someday work for the United States Secret Service.
All information about candidates was taken from a poster, which was displayed at the Wharton Post Office and FCNB in Wharton.
By ALISSA PAOLELLA