The Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant was held at the Crowne
Plaza in Springfield as part of the 100th annual convention of the
Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs.
The new Illinois
county fair queen will reign over the 2010 Illinois State Fair, Aug.
13-22, and the DuQuoin State Fair, Aug. 28-Sept. 6.
"I want to congratulate Ms. Freeman on being crowned the 2010
queen, and I look forward to working with her this year," Jennings
said. "I also want to congratulate the other individuals who
participated in this year's pageant, as they are all intelligent,
talented young ladies who have represented their counties well."
Haley is the daughter of Zach and Lori Freeman of Athens. She
attends Bradley University, where she plans to pursue a doctorate in
physical therapy to work with disabled children.
"Being crowned Miss Illinois County Fair tonight means the
absolute world to me," Freeman said. "I have been waiting for this
moment since I was 11 years old and was crowned Jr. Miss."
The judges selected Miss Macoupin County Fair, Courtney Ostendorf
of Gillespie, as first runner-up. Miss Morgan County Fair, Alyssa
Jackson of Jacksonville, was named second runner-up. The remaining
nine finalists were Miss Iroquois County Fair, Holly Rosenberger of
Champaign; Miss Lake County Fair, Hannah Black of Vernon Hills; Miss
Macon County Fair, Adrianne Mandrell of Forsyth; Miss Marion County
Fair, Taylor Purcell of Alma; Miss Moultrie-Douglas County Fair,
Emily Romine of Arcola; Miss Perry County Fair, Chelsea Crough of
Tamaroa; Miss Pike County Fair, Kaytlin Vinyard of Griggsville; Miss
Piatt County Fair, Brooke Morris of Monticello; and Miss White
County Fair, Celeste Scarlett of Grayville.
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Non-finalist competition awards were presented to Miss Champaign
County Fair, Alexandra Forrest from Savoy, for best in the interview
competition; Miss Logan County Fair, Emily Berglin from Lincoln,
for best stage presence; and Miss Okawville Fair, Holly Weathers
from Nashville, for best beauty and physique.
The Ruby Crum Memorial Award for charm and enthusiasm, known as
the "Spark Plug Award," was presented to Miss Montgomery County
Fair, Sara Crocks of Litchfield. Crocks also received the Best
Non-finalist in Communication Skills Competition Award.
A total of 68 contestants participated in 51st anniversary of the
Illinois Department of
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