2011-08-11 / Front Page

Four Vie To Reign Over Fair

Pageant celebrates its 25th anniversary
By Jean Snyder

Emily Watkins Emily Watkins Four Fulton County teens will compete to reign over the 91st annual Fulton County Fair in a pageant to be held Sunday evening to kick off fair week. This year’s pageant marks a milestone for the annual event as the Xi Eta Lambda chapter of Beta Sigma Phi celebrates 25 years of fair queen pageantry.

One McConnellsburg High School (MHS) student, two Southern Fulton High School (SFHS) students and one recent McConnellsburg High School graduate will compete for the 2011 Fulton County Fair Queen crown. The pageant will be held Sunday evening, August 14, at 8 p.m. immediately following 6:30 p.m. vesper services.

This year’s fair queen contestants include:

 Emily Watkins, a 17-yearold MHS senior. She is the daughter of Ray and Kim Watkins of McConnellsburg. Emily plays volleyball and track and she is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the National Honor Society, TATU, FCCLA and has participated in school plays and musicals. Emily is sponsored by The Twist and Shake and will be escorted by Wade Shindle.

Jenna Palmer Jenna Palmer  Jenna Palmer, a 16-year-old SFHS junior. She is the daughter of Chris and Karen Palmer of Needmore. Jenna participates in the school’s Drama Club, Spanish Club, the 4.12 Leadership Program, the student council and Ensemble. She was a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She is a member of the Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren, the praise team and the Pennsylvania Archery Association. She is sponsored by MEI-Lee Farms and will be escorted by Christopher Palmer.

 Erika Mellott, also a 16- year-old SFHS junior. She is the daughter of Eric and Mendy Mellott of Needmore. She is a member of the volleyball team. She is also a member of the United States Pony Club and volunteers at the Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center. She is a member of both the Needmore Bible Church and the Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren youth groups. She also volunteers at both the Fulton County Community Chris-

Erika Mellott Erika Mellott Past Fair Queens

In celebration of the 25th anniversary
of Xi Eta Lambda chapter of Beta
Sigma Phi’s sponsorship of the annual
Fulton County Fair Queen Pageant, all
past fair queens have been invited back
to the fair this year. Past winners include: ’87 – Dani (Gordon) Brady
’88 – Carrie (Watkins) Parramore
’89 – Marla (McElhaney) Wyland
’90 – Nicole (Seiders) West
’91 – Krista (Fletcher) Streletz
’92 – Rebecca (Eisaman) Rotondo
’93 – Robin (Bivens) Tarbi
’94 – Nicole (Pollock) Fletcher
’95 – Christina (Mellott) Ramsey
’96 – Winter “DeeDee” (Decker) Johnston
’97 – Adrianne (Leese) Gregory
’98 – Misty (Mellott) Williams
’99 – Cala (Kipe) High
’00 – Amber (Benedick) Basalik
’01 – Amber Skiles
’02 – Erika Parson
’03 – Kayla (Anderson) Saunders
’04 – Cody Homistek
’05 – Kayla Wright
’06 – Carrie Swope
’07 – Lauren DeShong
’08 – Olivia Strait
’09 – Mandi Lynch
’10 – Taylor Morton

Kirsten Mellott Kirsten Mellott tian School and at Stoneleigh Farm. She is sponsored by Wilkins Farm and Home Supply and will be escorted by Eric Mellott.

 Kirsten Mellott is a 17- year- old Class of 2011 MHS graduate. She is the daughter of Jeff and Kim Mellott of Harrisonville. Kirsten was a member of the band and marching band, the chorus, FFA, served as president of the National Honor Society and served on the yearbook staff. She also played volleyball and track and field while at MHS. She is a member of Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren and its youth group and praise team. Her escort for the pageant will be Jeffrey Mellott.

In celebration of this year’s 25th anniversary, all 24 previous fair queens have been invited to attend the pageant. The first pageant was held in 1987, and, according to sorority member Susie Schmidt, five of the original pageant committee members still help with the pageants: Carol Strait, Marie Shimer, Debbie Leese, Vickie Gordon and Schmidt. The sorority chapter began in 1980 and Shimer, Strait and Schmidt are charter members. Schmidt said that 12 of the former fair queens have committed to attend this year’s pageant.

Schmidt said this year’s pageant committee members are Shimer, Strait, Leese, Gordon, Schmidt, Joan Mellott, Cindy Headley, Chris McQuade, Sue Fleming and Summer Stiffler.

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.”

Judges for this year’s contest will be Casey Grimes, Everett, Shea Nisley, Lancaster, and Ashley Sigel, Harrisburg. Tabulators will be Rick Strait, Tower Bank, and Melissa Rouzer, F&M Trust.

The fair queen winner will go on to compete for the Miss Pennsylvania Fair Queen title in a state contest held in January, 2012.

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