2010-08-12 / Front Page

4 Coeds Vie For Fair Queen

Pageant Sunday at 8 p.m.
By Lindsay R. Mellott

The 90th edition of the Fulton County Fair kicks off Aug. 15 and one of the first events up on the weeklong schedule of activities is the Fair Queen Pageant Sunday at 8 p.m.

Four young women are competing for this year’s crown and the opportunity to represent the fair and local agriculture throughout the year. The winner will also will compete in January for the title of Miss Pennsylvania Fair Queen at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Fair queen contestants are judged in a number of categories, including personality and communication skills, and on a 300-or-less word essay “What My Fair Means to My Community.” During the pageant, the four contenders for the crown will get three to five minutes to tell master of ceremonies David R. Hoover II and the audience, “Why you should come to my fair.”

Brittany Holmes, 18, daughter of Rayanne Holmes, Fort Littleton, begins her senior year at Commonwealth Connections Academy in a few weeks and is a member of the 4-H Club. Her participation in the Fair Queen Pageant is sponsored by Bill Voegel and Kim Sipes. Brittany will be escorted to the pageant stage by Jacob Voegel.

Sponsored by Younker’s Meat Market, 18-year-old Taylor Morton attends McConnellsburg High School, where she is a member of the Class of 2011. At school, Taylor participates in FFA, SADD, Varsity Club, TATU and Busted. She also belongs to the 4-H Dairy Club. Taylor is the daughter of Jack and Stacy Morton of Big Cove Tannery, and her pageant escort is Blane Younker.

Eighteen-year-old Emily Wenschhof of Needmore is also starting her senior year at McConnellsburg High School, where she is vice president of FFA, a member of SADD, senior high chorus, and plays in the band/marching band. Outside of school, Emily is president of both the 4-H Horse & Pony Club and the Little Critters Club. She attends Sideling Hill Christian Church. Emily is the daughter of Ed and Lisa Wenschhof, and her pageant participation is sponsored by McConnellsburg Motor & Implement. Her escort will be a Motor & Implement staffperson.

Fair queen hopeful Kristin Hawbaker, 17, daughter of Joe Hawbaker and Holly Stains, Harrisonville, begins her junior year at McConnellsburg High School this school year. Her pageant sponsor is Morton’s Feed Mill. Kristin is a FFA member and belongs to SADD. She also participates in the 4-H program and in the Sideling Hill Christian Church Ladies Aid. Her escort for the evening is Denny Seville.

In addition to the title of 2010 Fulton County Fair Queen, Sunday night’s winner will take home a prize package of gifts donated by local businesses and merchants.

Judges for this year’s pageant are Shannon Cornelius, Saltillo; Trudy Everhart, Three Springs; and Krystal Wisor of Orrstown. Their votes will be tabulated by Jess Fraker, F&M Trust, and Rick Strait, Tower Bank.

The annual fair queen pageant is sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi, McConnellsburg chapter. It takes place following the fair’s vesper service Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Sunday admission to the fair is free.

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