Five compete for 2014 queen title
By POLLY SMITH
County Fair Writer
Katie Anderson of the Three Springs area is winding down her reign as the 2013 Huntingdon County Fair Queen with twofold feelings: a sigh of relief and some sadness the year is coming to an end.
“When I look back at my year as fair queen, I realize that there were so many memories and friendships made that I truly can treasure for a very long time,” Anderson said. “Whether I was talking about all of the fair’s attractions and agriculture with senior citizens, demonstrating farm safety to children or meeting all of the other county’s fair queens at the state pageant, there was never a dull moment. The people and places I have seen on my journey as fair queen will surely be in my heart forever.”
Anderson, who starts her senior year at Southern Huntingdon County High School later in August, will finish her reign as the 12th year’s pageant begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Midway Stage. After an absence of several decades, the county program was reinstated in 2002.
Musical entertainment husband and wife duo Dan and Galla will assist Anderson with hosting the pageant by introducing the five contestants and providing background music. The public is encouraged to attend this premium event. There are three cash prizes awarded to the queen and second- and third-place contestants.
The county title gives the fair queen the opportunity to compete in the Pennsylvania State Fair Queen Pageant in January at the state fair convention.
Those who do not win the top title are asked to serve as ambassadors during fair week, which entails attending livestock shows and the Friday livestock sale, greeting special guests and spending time with children at the Farm Safety 4 Just Kids schoolhouse, located at the entrance to Johnson Hall on the fairgrounds.
Sarah Jefferis, 18, is no stranger to the fair queen competition. In 2012, she served as an ambassador with Kadeja Nix. Last year she was first-runner-up and served in Anderson’s court. During the past year, she has served as one of two junior representatives of the fair board to display her continued interest in the fair. She has completed high school, having graduated with honors this year from Juniata Valley.
Sarah is the daughter of Elizabeth Jefferis of Alexandria. She is enrolled at Venango College of Clarion University to major in medical imaging sciences. Her plans are to finish her education and pursue a job in an area like her home county. She is a member of the Blue Juniata FFA Chapter and secretary of the Raystown Rabbit Ranchers 4-H Club. She has summer employment.
Brooke Emery, 17, is the daughter of Bill and Lisa Emery of the Alexandria area. She competed in the 2013 fair queen competition and served as an ambassador. Emery will be a senior at Juniata Valley High School where she is vice president of the Blue Juniata FFA Chapter. She has earned her chapter degree in FFA. She is also president of three county 4-H clubs, has served as a 4-H camp counselor for three years and has displayed her talent as a rabbit exhibitor by winning the showmanship title.
Emery hopes to go to college after graduation and has not yet decided her career path. She is currently employed part time at a retail store.
Megan Forgy, 18, is also a 2014 honors graduate of Juniata Valley High School. The daughter of Mischelle and Larry Forgy of the northern part of the county, she has set her Huntingdon County Fair Queen when this sights on obtaining an education in diagnostic medical sonography at South Hills School of Business and Technology. She is also interested in expanding her dairy goat herd and starting a weekend photography business.
Forgy has been showing goats at the fair since 2006. She has been named master showman twice and won best doe in show in 2013 with her five-year-old owner-bred goat. She also exhibits market hogs. She recently served as president of the Blue Juniata FFA Chapter and has 4-H club experience also. Forgy has a summer job.
Alison Conrad, 20, daughter of Sam and Dana Conrad of Warriors Mark, is new to the fair queen program. She helps on her parents’ dairy farm and has volunteered with service projects at her church.
Conrad shows animals at the fair and has earned all of the degrees in FFA, including the American degree. She is a graduate of Tyrone Area High School.
Amanda Fisher, 18, is a 2014 graduate of Mount Union Area High School and is a member of the Captain Jack FFA Chapter. She notes it was a honor to serve as president, vice president and reporter of her chapter and as Mifflin County Dairy Princess for 2012-2013
Amanda works on the dairy farm of her parents, Craig and Tammy Fisher of the McVeytown area. She works with the record keeping, registration process and breeding schedule. She also has part-time employment outside the home.