Beta Sigma Phi News
The summer months were quite busy for the Sisters of Xi Eta Lambda, Mc- Connellsburg Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. In July, the sisters canvassed businesses in Fulton County for donations for the Fulton County fair queen pageant. We also organized the committees to plan each aspect of the contest. Finding contestants and judges, soliciting businesses for prizes, planning the decorations for the tea and the stage, and making arrangements for celebrating our 25th year of organizing the pageant as well as publicity with The Fulton County News for the pageant kept all the sisters busy in July.
The first meeting in August all the sisters turned in their donations for prizes for the four contestants. The emcee, judges and tabulators were selected for the pageant. The second meeting was the pageant, and the sisters used the 2011-2012 theme, Building Our Future on Traditions, on the gray programs as our chapter celebrated 25 years of organizing the Fulton County Fair Queen Pageant. The stage was decorated using a black and silver background, with twinkling lights set in greenery atop white pillars. The young ladies entered the stage through an arch lit with clear lights and adorned with silver bows. They then walked forward on a red carpet to face the judges.
Prior to the evening contest, the contestants had a brief rehearsal then met the judges at a tea at the American Legion. Past fair queens from the previous 24 years were introduced on stage while the tabulators computed the scores. Crowned the 2011 Fair Queen was Emily Watkins. First runnerup was Kirsten Mellott. Gift bags containing beautiful prizes from more than 70 Fulton County businesses were given to each young lady.
In September, details were wrapped up for the 2011 fair queen pageant. Social events and service projects for the fall were discussed. The sisters celebrated Beginning Day with dining out and shopping in Hagerstown. The chapter received a three-star rating for the previous year.