Taylor Morton Crowned 2010 Fair Queen
Taylor Morton, a McConnellsburg High School senior, was crowned the 2010 Fulton County Fair Queen during pageant ceremonies held on Sunday evening. This year, four contestants competed for the coveted crown and the opportunity to reign over Fulton County’s 90th annual fair. Kristin Hawbaker, a 16-year-old McConnellsburg High School junior, was the first runner-up in the annual Fair Queen Pageant sponsored by the Xi Eta Lambda Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.
Morton, 17, was sponsored by Younker’s Meat Market and was escorted to the stage by Blaine Younker. She is a member of FFA, 4-H Dairy Club, SADD, Varsity Club, TATU and Busted. She is a member of the MHS softball team and is also the senior class president and 4-H Dairy Club president. She is a cast member of this year’s senior play to be presented in October. She also takes college courses from Allegheny College. She plans to attend Shippensburg University and to eventually become an attorney.
Taylor is the daughter of Jack and Stacy Morton of Big Cove Tannery. She is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Big Cove Tannery.
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. Taylor was asked to recall her most precious memory, and she said she was unable to name one, but that it would have to be one “during the eight years she has shown animals at the fair.” Morton told the “News,” “I was very surprised I was chosen and very, very excited to have the honor.”
Taylor 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 2010 Fair Queen was crowned by Fulton County’s 2009 Fair Queen, Mandi Lynch.
Kristin Hawbaker, the first runner-up for the crown, was sponsored by Morton’s Feed Mill and was escorted to the stage by Denny Seville. Kristin, 16, is a member of SADD, FFA and 4-H. She is also a member of the Sideling Hill Church Ladies Aid. She is employed at Jim’s Concessions.
She is the daughter of Joe Hawbaker, Mercersburg, and Holly Stains, Harrisonville. Kristin plans a career in livestock nutrition.
Others competing in Sunday night’s pageant included Brittany Holmes, 18, Fort Littleton, and Emily Wenschhof, 18, Needmore.
Past fair queens in attendance at the pageant were Christina Mellott Ramsey (1995) and Olivia Strait (2008).
David Hoover II again served as the master of ceremonies for the event, which was overseen by judges Shannon Cornelius, Saltillo, Trudy Everhart, Three Springs, and Krystal Wisor, Orrstown. Votes cast by the judges during the competition were tabulated by Rick Strait of Tower Bank and Jess Fraker from F&M Trust. Jan Hoover served as essay judge.
Vespers held prior to the Fair Queen Pageant kicked off the week of fair activities.
The fair runs through Saturday evening, with the full-size demolition derby on Wednesday evening, Thursday has been proclaimed “Senior Citizen’s Day” at the fair, with free admission to seniors ages 65 and older until 5 p.m. Bingo will be held as well as entertainment, which will include an appearance by the popular Aughwick Band. The modified and stock model lawn mower racing, hosted by the Fulton County Small Engine Club, will get under way at 5:30 p.m.
Four-wheeler drag races will return this year on Friday, and the night will conclude at 9:30 with a fireworks display by Phantom Fireworks. Saturday will wrap up the fair with a variety of events, including the everpopular 4-H/FFA livestock sale at 6 p.m.; the mini-rod tractor pull at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Pullers; and a teen dance at 8 p.m.