Sarah Hollinshead Crowned Fair Queen
Sarah Hollinshead, a 17-year-old McConnellsburg High School (MHS) senior, was crowned the 2013 Fulton County Fair Queen during pageant ceremonies held on Sunday evening. This year five contestants competed for the coveted crown and the opportunity to reign over Fulton County’s 93rd annual fair.
Nicole Cutchall, an 18-year-old Forbes Road High School graduate, was the first runner-up in the 27th annual Fair Queen Pageant sponsored by the Xi Eta Lambda Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.
Sarah is the daughter of Anne Marie and Eric Hollinshead of Harrisonville. She is a member of SADD, TATU and the volleyball team. She is involved in the school musicals and the People to People Student Ambassadors. She is also a snowboarder. She was sponsored by Genetic Visions, Steele Family Dentistry, Wild Annie’s and Antietam Ironworks and was escorted to the stage by Dr. James Evans.
She said that entering the fair queen contest was something that she had wanted to do since she was a child. “The fair played a big part of my summers,” she said. She said that although she had worked very hard for it, she was still “pretty surprised” when her name was called.
Each candidate was asked a question during the pageant, and Sarah was asked to talk about one of her greatest accomplishments. She said that organizing a fundraiser for the late Justin Hudson was an accomplishment she is proud of – “We raised more than $5,000 for Justin and even though he isn’t with us today, I still think of it as an accomplishment.” Hudson, who was 13 years old, died in July 2010 from leukemia.
Hollinshead, who will be a senior at MHS, plans to attend Slippery Rock University and major in kinesiology.
Nicole Cutchall is the daughter of Robert and Linda Cutchall of Hustontown. Nicole participates in FCLast CLA, FBLA, the student council, the band front and the Shooting Stars. She is a graduate of the Huntingdon County Career and Tech Center’s CNA program. She has been employed at Twist and Shake for four years. She was sponsored by Twist and Shake and was escorted to the stage by Wade Shindle.
Other contestants included Samantha Bottenfield (MHS), Christina Koontz (SFHS) and Kimberly Stotler (SFHS).
Hollinshead 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 2013 Fair Queen was crowned by Fulton County’s 2012 Fair Queen, Morgan Strait.
Alann D. Schmidt served as the master of ceremonies for the event, which was overseen by judges Charrisa Hipp, Williamsport, Md., Casey Grimes, Clearville; and Jennifer Treece, Saxton. 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.
Entertainment was provided by local vocalist Olivia Mills. The fair’s annual vesper service preceded the pageant.
The fair runs through Saturday evening with the compact car demo derby on Wednesday and the farm stock tractors (gas and diesel) and 4X4 gas pickup pulls Thursday evening. Thursday at the fair also will include free admission to senior citizens between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and seniors can enjoy free bingo and entertainment. Friday will feature 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 will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. The day will end with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. compliments of Phantom Fireworks.
Saturday will wrap up fair week with the ever-popular annual 4- H/FFA livestock sale at 6 p.m. Gov. Tom Corbett is tentatively scheduled to make a stop at the fair on Saturday evening. The day’s events will also include a novice horseshoe-pitching tournament, lawn mower racing for modified and stock models, and the new garden tractor pull.