KENTLAND — For the fifth time in seven years, a Berenda has claimed the title of Supreme Showman at the Newton County fair.
After her older brothers, each won the title twice, Stephanie Berenda staked her claim Friday.
“I was shocked because I knew I had a fair chance but I really thought my brother (Hayden) would have beat me,” said Stephanie. “We have all helped each other out and I got a lot of pointers and I hope to have the family record someday.”
Stephanie’s oldest brother and recent State FFA Officer Austin Berenda won the title in 2013 and 2015, while Hayden won in 2016 and 2017. Devin Hindes, who captured the crown as Miss Newton County this year, won that title of best showman at last year’s fair.
Stephanie, who will be an eighth-grader at South Newton in a few weeks, was by far the youngest in the competition this year representing the Sheep Barn.
“I was nervous and kind of intimidated coming into it,” said Stephanie. “But I just told myself to be confident and do my best and see what happens. My father has always told me to take that last deep breath before you walk into the show ring and just do your best.”