3 Vie For Fair Queen
Contestants Megan Keller, Mandi Lynch and Lakin Toothman will take to the pageant runway and stage at 8 p.m. immediately following vesper services. Sponsored by the McConnellsburg chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, the event will conclude with the crowning of the queen and first runner-up based on an array of criteria ranging from personality and appearance to communication skills.
Pageant contestant Megan Keller will be escorted to the stage on August 16 by Lauren DeShong. The 16-year-old daughter of Thomas and Holly Keller of Waterfall, Megan is currently enrolled in the 11th grade at Forbes Road Junior/Senior High School.
In addition to her duties as cook at the New Fort Restaurant, also her pageant sponsor, Megan is involved in a multitude of extracurricular activities and organizations in her spare time. She is a member of SADD, National Honor Society, 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, Pennsylvania Club Livestock Association, Pennsylvania Cattleman's Association, Varsity Club and the Lady Cardinals field hockey squad.
Mandi Lynch of Harrisonville will be sponsored by Kim Richards, and her pageant escort is slated to be announced just prior to the contest. The daughter of Curt and Sandra Lynch, the 17-year-old is a member of McConnellsburg High School's junior class.
Mandi is currently involved in several organizations, including the school's track and field team, FFA, Yearbook Club and the Envirothon team.
Lakin Toothman, daughter of Deb and Jim Toothman of McConnellsburg, will be escorted to the stage by Jewel Palmer, who also serves as her sponsor through Palmer Realty. Lakin, 17, is a senior at McConnellsburg High School and is set to graduate with her classmates in 2010. She is a member of SADD and FCCLA.
David Hoover II will again serve as the emcee and master of ceremonies for the event, which will be overseen by judges Pat Berrier from Orbisonia; Valerie Park of State College; and Jamie Rhodes from Mapleton Depot. Votes cast by the judges during the competition will be tabulated by Rick Strait of Tower Bank and Jess Fraker from F&M Trust.
In addition to being judged on beauty, composure and personality, each of the participants are required to compose a 300- word or less essay on "What My Fair Means To My Community." They will also prepare and recite a three- to five-minute speech during the pageant on the topic of "Why You Should Come To My Fair."
Admission is free to Sunday's pageant and vesper services, which begin at 6:30 p.m. The events mark the official start of the 89th annual Fulton County Fair that will run through August 22.