Illinois Agriculture Director Bob Flider and the retiring queen,
Miss Illinois County Fair Amelia Martens did the crowning last
Sunday evening, which culminated the annual convention of the
Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs. This year a record
72 county fair queens vied for the title.
Robbins, daughter of
Rick and Julie Robbins of Coffeen, attends the University of
Illinois College of Business. Her career goal is to become a
Miss Winnebago County Fair Megan Magee was named first
runner-up. She is the daughter of Steve and Deb Magee of South
Beloit. The judges selected Miss Warren County Fair Alejandra
Gillen as second runner-up. She is the daughter of Raymond and
Elena Gillen of Monmouth.
Miss Macon County Fair Hannah Wolfe, the daughter of Doug and
Julie Wolfe of Decatur, was the third runner-up, and Miss
Okawville Fair Alexis Lintker, the daughter of Carl and Lisa
Lintker of Venedy, was the fourth.
Non-finalist competition awards were presented to Miss Fisher
Fair Kirsten Blackford for best interview, Miss White County
Fair Courtney Bunting for best communication skills, Miss Mercer
County Fair Bryanna Martin for best stage presence, and Miss
Henry County Fair Lauren VanDeVelde for best beauty and
The Ruby Crum Memorial Award for charm and enthusiasm, known
as the "Spark Plug Award," was presented to Miss Mason County
Fair Erin Hodgson.
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Other top 15 finalists were Miss Macoupin County Kimmy Dworzynski,
Miss Edgar County Corie Hasler, Miss Georgetown Fair Danielle Brown,
Miss Williamson County Emily Stewart, Miss Madison County Fair
Kristen McDowell, Miss Coles County Fair Caitlyn Strader, Miss
Effingham County Breeanna Strauch, Miss Lake County Fair Meghan
Opolka, Miss Western Illinois Kenzie Jones and Miss Marshall-Putnam
County Lauren Passini.
The 55th Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant took place at
the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, where almost 4,000 county fair
members and friends spent the weekend selecting their entertainment
and service needs for the 2014 county fair season. The 103 county
fairs culminate with the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 7-17, 2014, and
the DuQuoin State Fair, Aug. 22-Sept. 1, 2014.
[Text from file received from the
of Agricultural Fairs]
The Illinois Association of Agricultural
Fairs, a nonprofit corporation formed in 1910, serves 103 Illinois
county fairs and expositions. Its purpose is to provide guidelines,
inform, and monitor or initiate legislation that promotes and
assists Illinois county fairs. The association is volunteer-based
and dedicated to the promotion of agriculture, development of youth
and as a showplace of American agriculture’s traditions and future