Morgan Strait Crowned 2012 Fair Queen
Morgan Strait, a 17-yearold Southern Fulton High School senior, was crowned the 2012 Fulton County Fair Queen during pageant ceremonies held on Sunday evening. This year only two contestants competed for the coveted crown and the opportunity to reign over Fulton County’s 92nd annual fair.
Libby Strayer, a 17-year-old 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. This year marked the 26th anniversary of the sorority’s fair pageants.
Morgan is the daughter of Brian and Gerri Strait of Warfordsburg. Morgan plays soccer, track and field, basketball and AYSO soccer. She belongs to the Interact Club, Spanish III, the senior high chorus and Ensemble, the band front and took part in the Southern Fulton musical. She was the vice president of her junior class. She was sponsored by the Hancock Antique Mall and escorted to the stage by Skyler Gordon.
Libby Ann Strayer, a 17- year-old MHS senior, is the daughter of Richard and Tammy Strayer of Mc- Connellsburg. Libby participates in SADD, the varsity club, varsity soccer, varsity basketball, track and field and coached AYSO soccer. She is also a member of the Silver Star Saddle Club. She was sponsored by Twist and Shake.
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. Morgan was asked “how would you describe Fulton County to the rest of the world?” Libby was asked, “What do you believe is a benefit of living in a rural community rather than a big city?”
Strait said she would describe Fulton County “as a very caring community full of loving people and a great place to raise a family.”
In speaking about her pageant win, Strait told the “News,” “I was very surprised to win because Libby was just awesome.” She said she had worked very hard throughout the summer practicing, and she credited a former fair queen, Christina Ramsey, with helping and coaching her. “I was so honored,” she said.
Strait 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. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Lock Haven University and study criminal justice. Her ultimate goal is to attend the State Police Academy in Hershey to become a state trooper. Strait has been active for many years in the county’s Camp Cadet program.
Strait has two older siblings, JR Sigel and Courtney Strait, and one younger brother, Dalton. She expressed her thanks to her parents for their support.
The 2012 Fair Queen was crowned by Fulton County’s 2011 Fair Queen, Emily Watkins.
Alann D. Schmidt served as the master of ceremonies for the event, which was overseen by judges Jamie Horne, Shelly Kelley and Jeff Ryman. Votes cast by the judges during the competition were tabulated by Rick Strait of Susquehanna Bank and Melissa Rouzer from F&M Trust. Jan Hoover served as essay judge.
The fair runs through Saturday evening, with the full-size demolition and compact car demo 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. Entertainment will be sponsored by Tri-State Community Health Center and F&M Trust. Bingo will be held, and the evening’s events will include a local farm stock gas and diesel tractor pull and a 4X4 gasoline pickup truck pull.
Phantom Fireworks Day gets under way Friday with fourwheeler drag races at 5:30 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m., and participants are eligible to begin the registration process at 3 p.m. and practice at 4 p.m. Racing, which is sponsored by Sean’s ATV Connection, RH Bunch Construction, Harryman’s True Value, Mamma’s Pizza and Ridersville Cycle, will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. The day will conclude with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m., sponsored by Phantom Fireworks.
Saturday is JLG Industries Day and the fair will wrap up with the popular 4-H/FFA Livestock sale at 6 p.m. The evening’s events will also include a mini-rod tractor pull, compliments of the Shenandoah Valley Pullers.