Thursday, August 06, 2009
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Rains leave, reign begins

Miss Emily Berglin chosen 2009 Logan County Fair queen

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[August 06, 2009]  Last year a major storm hit the fairgrounds just before the queen pageant was about to begin. Well, this year there were no torrential winds and rain for the coronation night. The storm came earlier in the day and left in its wake a great deal of mud.

Fair secretary Mike Maske shrugged off what neither he nor any other fairgrounds committee member has control over, saying, "It wouldn't be a fair without rain."

The evening was cloudy, but thankfully not rainy. As it was, the track and fairgrounds were a sea of mud after a morning deluge, and fairground crews had worked all afternoon just to get the high side of the track dry enough to put some 200 folding seats down.

Normally contestants are brought up in an entourage of cars, but that wasn't to be this year. The muddy grounds would have been too much on the ladies in their evening finest. Only the 2008 reigning queen, Sabra Boyd, was driven in; the other contestants stayed in back of the stage.

Visiting queens from Mason and Sangamon counties, as well as the Illinois State Fair queen, Morgan Metz, made their way across the track from the grandstand after crews laid down old signs and plywood to keep them from sinking into ankle-deep mud.

The evening started out quickly with a dance number by the contestants and Boyd. Although the stage was some 80 yards from the stands, it was obvious they had worked hard to get the number down and thoroughly enjoyed working with each other.

A new event added this year was the Little Miss Logan County Fair contest, and Imagin Werner, a 4-year-old, took home the honors. Werner is the daughter of Brock and Hayley Werner.

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In the queen competition, this year the contestants themselves picked Arielle Alley, the 19-year-old daughter of Shane and Crystal Alley, as Miss Congeniality.

Amy Schumacher, 21-year-old daughter of Steve and Jan Schumacher, was voted second runner-up. Jessica Owen, 19-year-old daughter of Jack and Reatha, was voted first alternate.

As master of ceremonies Cameron Kurtz teased the contestants and the crowd with a slow delivery of the final results, Emily Berglin, 18-year-old daughter of Jay and Kalyn, had to wait several moments to find out that she was our new queen.

Berglin was crowned 2009 Miss Logan County with the assistance of both Boyd and Metz, the county and state fair queens.


Although Berglin held back tears of joy upon hearing her name, her opportunity to relish her achievement will have to wait until the fair is over. Her schedule on Wednesday held a full day of 4-H awards, an open horse show and evening scrambles. And every day after for the week is just as full, which means that she will have to wait till the fair is over to savor the moment with family and friends.

This week, she might also need to bring along a pair of hip boots.


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