Mandi Lynch Crowned Fair Queen
Mandi Lynch, a McConnellsburg High School senior, was crowned the 2009 Fulton County Fair Queen during pageant ceremonies held on Sunday evening. This year, three contestants competed for the coveted crown and the opportunity to reign over Fulton County's 89th annual fair. Lakin Toothman, also a 17-yearold McConnellsburg High School senior, was the first runner-up in the annual fair queen pageant sponsored by the Xi Eta Lambda chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.
Lynch, 17, was sponsored by Kim Richards Beauty Salon and was escorted to the stage by Kim Richards. She is a member of FFA, Yearbook Club, Envirothon and track and field. She also keeps stats for the basketball team.
Mandi is the daughter of Curt and Sandra Lynch of Harrisonville. She has one brother, Chris.
During the competition, all contestants were asked to tell the audience "why you should come to my fair." Then an additional question was chosen at random for each contestant.
Mandi will reign over this year's Fulton County Fair during the weeklong activities at the fair and during other county activities and parades. She will also compete for the state title in the state Fair Queen Contest held in January.
The 2009 Fair Queen was crowned by Fulton County's 2008 Fair Queen, Olivia Strait.
Lynch plans to study to be a veterinarian pathologist after graduating from high school.
Lakin Toothman, the first runner-up for the crown, was sponsored by Palmer Realty and was escorted to the stage by Jewel Palmer. Lakin, 17, is a member of SADD, FCCLA and the United Methodist Church. She is also a graduate of Fulton County Camp Cadet.
She is the daughter of Jim and Deb Toothman of McConnellsburg. Lakin plans a career in nursing.
There were no losers at Sun- day evening's pageant as the second runner-up was Megan Keller, 16, of Waterfall. A Forbes Road High School junior, she is the daughter of Thomas and Holly Keller. She was sponsored by her employer, the New Fort Restaurant, and escorted by a former fair queen, Lauren DeShong.
Past fair queens in attendance at the pageant were: Christina Mellott Ramsey (1995). Carrie Swope (2006), Olivia Strait (2008) and Lauren DeShong (2007).
David Hoover II again served as the master of ceremonies for the event, which was 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 were tabulated by Rick Strait of Tower Bank and Jess Fraker from F&M Trust.
Vespers held prior to the fair queen pageant kicked off the week of fair activities. Although the services and the pageant have often been plagued by rain and thunderstorms, skies were sunny and bright for this year's opening evening.
The fair runs through Saturday evening with the full-size demolition derby on Wednesday evening and the return of the Sta-Bil National Lawn Mower Racing series for both modified and stock models on Friday evening. Tractor racing is set to get under way at 7 p.m. Saturday's final evening of entertainment will include the 4X4 ORLO INC truck pull at 7 p.m. and a teen dance at 8 p.m. The popular annual 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale will begin at p.m. on Saturday evening.