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 corporate
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
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 physique.
The Ruby Crum Memorial Award for charm and enthusiasm, known as
the "Spark Plug Award," was presented to Miss Mason County Fair Erin
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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