As sunny, warmer days continue to approach, so does one of the most anticipated summer events in Rush County, the fair! As all of us know, you can't have a county fair without the Fair Queen! This year the Rush County Fair Queen Pageant will be celebrating their 61st year and are currently searching for participants! The deadline to enter is approaching and is next Friday, April 30th.
To enter the contest, a participant must be at least 17 years of age and must turn 18 by June 1, 2021. There is a rule change from the State Fair Committee, which is now allowing contestants up to the age of 21 to participate; they just cannot have reached their 22nd birthday before, June 1, 2021.
“The Fair Queen Committee is encouraging all eligible young women ladies to consider participating in the upcoming annual event,” shared Karen Macy, director. Entry blanks can be found at several local businesses: The Shampoo Bowl, Illusions, Steffi Newbold Hair Salon, Stagg's, Pizza King South and the RCHS Front Office.
Fair queen pageant events will kick off with orientation at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5th at The Rush County Root Building. Contestants are invited to bring their mothers to orientation, where information packets for the event will be given. Important dates will also be shared with participants during this time.
Workshops for contestant participants will be held from May 10th to May 13th at the Root Building from 6 to 8 p.m. Macy shared that during these workshops, these young women will get to practice interview skills as well as walking for stage presence. On May 14th, a fun photo shoot is planned at the Farmers’ Market at 5 p.m.
There will be several practices from June 1st to June 4th, leading
up to the contest. These practices will take place at the Laughlin Center for Performing Arts from 6 to 8 p.m.This year, the fair queen pageant will be held on Saturday, June 5th at 7 p.m. at the Laughlin Center.
Macy stated, “The girl who is lucky enough to be crowned Miss Rush County will become a part of an
elite group of women. She also shared the honor that is awarded with recognition, “You are not only representing the county at our local level, but at the state fair level as well.”
Sponsorships for contestants are also being offered for businesses for a fee of $50. “Being a sponsor is a great advertisement for your business,” Macy
stated. Along with a sponsorship, the business name will appear in the fair queen pageant program, on the contestant's sash and noted in the newspaper.
If you or anyone you know would be interested in being a contestant, or have any other questions, please feel free to contact Karen Macy at 765-932-5367 or 765-561-7880 or Paula Shelton, co-chairman, at 765-561-0460.