The Lawrence County Fair, an incredible experience I will never forget! My name is Meadow Whiting, and I was privileged with representing Lawrence County and the Lawrence County Fair as the 2017 LCF Queen. I want to take some time to tell you all about my experiences as well as encourage you to continue working hard as it is finally time for a year’s worth of your dedication to pay off!
After being crowned queen, my week started with the ribbon cutting ceremony and breakfast on Monday morning where, with the help of State Queen, Madeline McEachin; my alternate Grace Houk: and Dairy Princess Emily Speer, the start of a busy week was officially announced. As the week flew by, I attended numerous livestock shows, grandstand events, a beard and mustache contest, pedal pulls, and many, many more! Along with that I was able to greet many familiar faces as well as welcome several new community members to the week long celebration. The handling out of ribbons, the announcing, welcoming, supporting, and experiencing were over in a blink of an eye and came to an end as fireworks were set off Saturday night.
As my summer ends, a year’s worth of representing our country, meeting new people, and visiting many new places was just the beginning. Throughout the year, I was able to attend various events where I represented Lawrence County. I attended Ag Encounter (where we taught 4th graders about the importance of Agriculture), participated in the New Castle Light Up Night Parade, Wampum Parade, Toy Tractor Show at Laurel High School, and many other activities. One of the most memorable activities I attended was the 2018 State Fair Queen Pageant; we drove to Hershey, PA where I spend the week giving my speech, interviewing, learning and meeting many new girls who were county fair queens across the state.
I would like to thank a few very important people who made this all possible and deserve a thank you. First to the Fair Board, for supporting me as I represented Lawrence County; to the Benninghoff’s – for driving my mom and me to Hershey where I competed for State Queen. To Shawn and Rhiannon Hill – for fulfilling the role as coordinators and helping me to manage a busy week and year. To Melinda Marks, Jeff Martin, Wade Sturgeon and Dave & Louanna McCallister for supporting me at the state competition as well. Not only do I want to thank the adults for making it all possible but also Grace Houk for standing by my side through all the crazy adventures! Emily Speers the 2017 Dairy Princess I would like to thank you for attending many events and helping me out during the year. Most importantly I’d like to thank my parents and siblings for the continuous support not just this past year but my entire life. Last but not least, I want to thank my community and Lawrence County as a whole; I am truly blessed to represent such a wonderful county and Fair. Thank you for standing with me.
To conclude, never give up and continue working hard to make your dreams come true. Whether you show animals, grow a garden, or enjoy caring for flowers, agriculture is important in everyone’s life. I believe Lawrence County and the LCF greatly support this important value. As I pass on the title to the 2018 Queen, I hope you all have an amazing week making memories and fulfilling goals!
Thank you for letting me represent you as the 2017 Lawrence County Fair Queen, I will remember the memories forever and continue supporting the Good Things We Have Growing!!
The Fair Queen Contest will take place on Sunday August 12th in the Community Building. The purpose of the Fair Queen Competition Program is to promote and educate young women in PA through the operation of a scholarship program providing educational opportunities and to promote greater public understanding and awareness of agriculture & its importance to PA.
Each Fair Queen shall follow the rules adopted by the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs. Contestant DOES NOT have to be a 4-H or FFA member to compete.
Rules and Regulations:
Each contestant must:
- Be a female who is a U.S. Citizen, a resident of Pennsylvania and living in Lawrence County.
- Be at least 16 years of age and not over 20 years old by June 1 of the current year.
- Have never served as local or state fair queen.
- Have her parents’ or guardians’ consent.
- Be single, never married, have had no children & remain so during her reign.
- Not hold any other State or Local title for any other commodity group or pageant during her reign.
- Be available/in attendance the entire week of the Lawrence County Fair.
- Be available to attend the State competition in Hershey, PA in January.
- Agree to promote the Lawrence County Fair in a positive manner throughout her reign.
- Be available for fair-sanctioned activities throughout her reign including publicity via TV, Newspaper, radio & public appearances.
- Agree to abide by the Fair Queen Dress Code & Behavior Policy.
- Provide two (2) wallet-sized colored photos (can be the same) to be used for publicity purposes. High School or college photos can be used. Photos become the property of the Lawrence County Fair. Include Photographers release if photos were taken professionally and copyrighted.
- Write an essay on “WHAT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY FAIR MEANS TO MY COMMUNITY.” Essay must be 300 words or less, typewritten and must accompany the application.
- Give a 3-5 minute speech to the judges on “WHY YOU SHOULD COME TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY FAIR.”
- Applications are available at the Fair office or your school guidance office.
- Application must be completed by July 15, 2018, and be returned to the following address: Lawrence County Fair “Queen Contest” 464 Midway Rd ~ New Castle, PA 16101
- Complete details can be found in the Fair Queen application packet. Further information may be obtained by calling the fair office at 724-654-7745.
Contestants will be judged on the following basis:
Personal Interview 30
Speech Presentation 30
Impromptu Question 15
TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS 100