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Saturday evening, a smiling Katie Meyer was crowned the 2013 Rush County Fair Queen at the Laughlin Center for the Performing Arts.
Katie, 20, is the daughter of Bruce and Bernice Meyer. She is a graduate of RCHS and currently attends Indiana University East where she is majoring in nursing. She belongs to the IU East Criminal Justice Club. While attending RCHS, Katie was active in FFA, a 10-year member of 4-H, Jr. Leaders, Girl Scouts and SADD.
Katie was sponsored by Wesling Law Office.
Crowned first runner up was Michaela Colestock.
Michaela, 18, is the daughter of Max and Virginia Colestock and was sponsored by Dr. Craig Fenimore.
Second runner up was Mary Snow.
Mary, 19, is the daughter of William and Michele Snow and was sponsored by Fields Outdoor Adventures.
Third runner up and Miss Congeniality was Alicia Cole.
Alicia, 17, is the daughter of Robert Cole and Michelle Owens and was sponsored by Eric Amos Welding.
Molly Schwaub and Krystal McBride served as judges.
Special guests during the pageant were Mariah Huff, Indiana State Fair Queen, and National Indiana Pre-Teen Ashley Layman.
The evening at the Laughlin Center was organized under the leadership of pageant chair Karen Macy and co-chair Paula Shelton. Steve Schwering, president of the Rush County Fair Board, introduced Master of Ceremonies Paul Barada Jr. Other members of the fair board were also in attendance.
Karen Macy said, “The Fair Queen Committee is very excited to work with the queen and her court. We are very proud of all the contestants this year on all their hard work and dedication they showed during workshops and all the fun activities we had planned for them. Another year goes down in the books with great success. Thank you to all involved for helping make the evening a success.”
New fair queen Katie Meyer was crowned by Kristin Maggert, the 2012 Rush County Fair Queen. Kristin gave her farewell and spoke of her reign and her appreciation for everyone from the fair queen committee to the fair board to the 4-H kids who helped make her reign successful.
Photography throughout pageant activities was provided by Dan Green. A video photo montage showed Kristin Maggert’s reign as queen and other activities by fair queen candidates was prepared by Green.
Contestants also included Myriah Markley, Samantha Meyer, Rebecca Beaman, Morgan Vannatta, Mary Kate Amos and Michaela Orme.
Queen Katie Meyer and her court will be attending all Rush County Fair activities beginning with the Dog Show June 15. Next, will be a very busy two days on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, with the Horse and Pony Show at the Horse Park. Their other duties on the first day will include handing out ribbons at the tractor driving contest and the ladies will also participate in the open sheep show.
Monday through Friday, they will be found in the show ring in the livestock pavilion passing out trophies and ribbons to 4-H members. In the evening, the queen and her court will be helping out with the sales and being introduced at all track events. They will also be out and about on the midway and at fair activities greeting visitors to the Rush County Fair, including starry eyed younger girls who carry the hopeful twinkle of a crown in their eyes for the day with they grow up and join in a future pageant.
As Queen Katie Meyer and her court wind down their week, you will see them in action during the hog wrestling contest Friday, June 28.
Saturday, June 29, they will take part in the kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull in the livestock pavilion.
The midway opens from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 22. A wristband purchased at the midway only special includes a free drink and one free game. Pre-purchased wristbands will not be accepted on this night.
A demolition derby and autocross at the race track are also scheduled for June 22.
Sunday, June 23, from noon to 7 p.m., is the Truck and Tractor Pull at the race track. The Root Memorial 4-H Building will be open from 7 to 9 p.m. for a sneak peak, and from 5 to 10 p.m. Farrow Amusements is open to the public at one ticket per ride.
Monday is the Truck and Tractor Pull at the race track and a wristband special beginning nightly on the midway.
Watch for the 2013 Rush County Fair schedule details and coverage in the Rushville Republican. Additional photos available at rushvillerepublican.com
Melissa Conrad, 765-932-2222 x107