Summer Robbins, Miss Montgomery County Fair, was crowned the 2014 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen last week.
Illinois Agriculture Director Bob Flider and retiring Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Amelia Martens did the crowning, which culminated the annual convention of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs. This year a record 72 county fair queens vied for the coveted title.
Robbins, the daughter of Rick and Julie Robbins of Coffeen, attends the University of Illinois College of Business. Her career goal is to become a corporate attorney.
Miss Winnebago County Fair Queen Megan Magee was named first runner-up. Magee is the daughter of Steve and Deb Magee of South Beloit. The judges selected Miss Warren County Fair Queen Alejandra Gillen as second runner-up. She is the daughter of Raymond and Elena Gillen of Monmouth.
Miss Macon County Fair Hannah Wolfe, the daughter of Doug and Julie Wolfe of Decatur, was the third runner-up and Miss Okawville Fair Alexis Lintker, the daughter of Carl and Lisa Lintker of Venedy, was the fourth.
Non-finalist competition awards were presented to Miss Fisher Fair Queen Kirsten Blackford for best interview; Miss White County Fair Queen Courtney Bunting for best communication skills; Miss Mercer County Fair Queen Bryanna Martin for best stage presence; and Miss Henry County Fair Lauren VanDeVelde for best beauty and physique.
The Ruby Crum Memorial Award for charm and enthusiasm, known as the "Spark Plug Award," was presented to Miss Mason County Fair Queen Erin Hodgson.
Other top fifteen finalists were: Miss Macoupin County Kimmy Dworzynski; Miss Edgar County Corie Hasler; Miss Georgetown Fair Danielle Brown; Miss Williamson County Emily Stewart; Miss Madison County Fair Kristen McDowell; Miss Coles County Fair Caitlyn Strader; Miss Effingham County Breeanna Strauch; Miss Lake County Fair Meghan Opolka; Miss Western Illinois Kenzie Jones; and Miss Marshall-Putnam County Lauren Passini.
The 55th Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant was held at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, where almost 4,000 county fair members and friends spent the weekend selecting their entertainment and service needs for the 2014 county fair season. The 103 county fairs culminate with the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 7-17, 2014 and the DuQuoin State Fair, Aug. 22 through Sept. 1, 2014.