Illinois State Fair 2000
Pictures posted Aug. 15

(See photo at left):  On the far left, Bob Johnson, executive director Outdoor Amusement Business Association, Inc.; center, Jeff Blomsness, co-owner of Blomsness-Theobault, operators of the carnival at the state fair; right, Wendy Bell, director of the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant.

(center photo): Mardelle Neuman, former Lehn & Fink employee

(photo at right): Robert Jeckel from Lincoln Logan Insurance Services (Natalie Jeckel's Dad) visits with Gordon Ropp, Normal.

County Fair Day Luncheon

[Governor Ryan and Elizabeth Stoll.]

Main Street Lincoln Director Wendy Bell also directs the state Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant. At the pageant each January, the state fair queen is selected from the county fair queens. This year’s Logan County Fair Queen, Elizabeth Stoll, will compete in the pageant next January.

Once a state queen is crowned, Bell plans the queen’s schedule and arranges chaperones for events all over the state during the queen’s one-year reign.  During the state fair, the queen lives on the fairgrounds, and Bell helps coordinate her appearances there. Bell has served as state director of the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant since 1994. 

The state queen becomes an employee of the Illinois Department of Agriculture and spends her summer on the road promoting the state fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin and the county fairs.

[Sheep gets refreshing bath just before boys begin showering each other.]

[Is it a bird? Is it a bug? Made of grass clippers, dibble, with reflectors for eyes, this quirky looking creature brought chuckles from all who passed him.]

[Competitors often need an afternoon nap during the long, hot, tiring fair days.]

[Trisha Youngquist absorbs scratch art.]

[Former Lincolnite Cheryl (Goodrich) Williamson, professional art superintendent]

Click here to see Illinois State Fair pictures posted Aug. 12.

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