Fair Queen Camryn Frederick will be the face of the Madison County Fair for the next year, and although she enjoys makeup, fashion and “girly” things, her real passion is the agricultural element of FFA.
The Madisonville High School junior was named queen during opening ceremonies on March 17, edging out MHS senior Kate Coleman and North Zulch High School senior Kiera Cosby.
Although Frederick wore her tiara and participated in queen activities over the past couple of weeks, she also didn’t shy away from cowboy boots and jeans while she competed in the agricultural mechanics division with classmates Kassi Flores and Kacelyn Jarrell.
“I had to be ‘queened out’ and then a little bit later I was in the arena with the goats,” Frederick said.
Her ag mechanics team, which built a shop table, earned blue ribbons at the livestock shows in Madisonville, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.
Frederick’s father Joseph Frederick played college sports and steered his daughter toward athletics rather than ag. It was Superintendent Keith Smith who encouraged her to pursue ag classes.
“It’s made me who I want to be,” Frederick said, adding that teacher Lynita Foster also has been a huge source of encouragement.
“Ms. Foster took me from barely being able to talk in front of people to now being confident enough to want to work at the Capitol and introduce a bill on the Senate floor,” Frederick said. “She’s everything. She’s like family.”
Frederick wants to major in political science and has her eye on either Rice University, Texas A&M or Southern Methodist University.
Basically raised an only child – her sister is 21 years older and a brother is 14 years older – Frederick has always been referred to by her grandparents as “princess.” When she was crowned fair queen, it was her grandmother who was most emotional, she said.
The 17-year-old is active in FFA, Beta Club, volleyball, National Honor Society and Madisonville Christian Fellowship. Her academics and extracurricular activities don’t leave much time for a social life, and she’s OK with that.
“I’m 17 and never been kissed,” she said. “I don’t need that. The way I’ve been raised is phenomenal. I’ve traveled to 16 states and I’ve even been out of the country. I can wear boots and jeans or stilettos and a dress. It’s so cool that I’ve been raised in a place where we all trust each other.”
Her FFA family and her volleyball teammates always have her back, Frederick said.
“The thing about sports and FFA is you see everyone at their worst,” she said. “You learn to love it. You get to fall in love with those little things. There are no cliques in FFA. If you outspeak me, I’ll be proud of you.”