Nine young women are competing for the title of 2019 Fayette County Fair Queen.
They are Caroline Arison, 16, of Vanderbilt; Leigha Diamond, 19, of Rostraver; Trudy Diamond, 17, of Smithfield; Mikayla Golden, 18, of Uniontown; Victoria Karwatske, 18, of Smithfield; Kelsey Kiel, 20, of Farmington, 2018 fair princess; Sarah Maldovan, 16, of Vanderbilt; Autum Ramsey, 18, of White; and Jessica Wolfe, 19, of Dunbar.
“Everybody from last year is coming back,’’ said Charlotte DeCarlo, of New Salem, committee chair, noting their involvement in the fair: “One enters photography. One helps her grandmother in the grange building. One rides horses in rodeo and the rest are involved in livestock projects. They’re a good bunch of girls.’’
Mikaela Kamp of Gibbon Glade, 2018 fair queen, will crown her successor on July 25, opening night. The public will be introduced to the contestants at the 6:30 p.m. opening ceremony in the Youth Building. The contestants will ride in the 7 p.m. firemen’s parade with the 2018 fair queen and princess in a horse and buggy driven by fair board member Randy Breakiron, of Hopwood.
The public can watch the public portion of the contest at 7:30 p.m. in the Fiddlers Building. Closed-door judging takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. Contestants are judged on a written essay and speech as well as pose, appearance and communication.
Mikara Anderson, 2019 Pennsylvania Fair Queen from Huntingdon County, will also appear.
The fair queen and princess serve as ambassadors for the fair, passing out ribbons and introducing acts. A Meet the Queen event is slated for 2 to 5 p.m. July 28 at the main gate. Fairgoers can take photos with the queen and princess and the young women will pass out crowns to youths.