If you’re a current subscriber, log in below. If you would like to subscribe, please click the subscribe tab above.
Username and Password Help
By Carmen Ensinger
History was made Monday night with the inaugural Scott County Fair Queen and Princess Pageant and the crowning of the first Scott County Agricultural Fair Queen and Princess.
The honor of being the first Scott County Fair Pageant Queen went to Danette Strang, daughter of Norman and Barb Strang. The first Scott County Princess title went to Ella Little, daughter of Ryan and Megan Little.
But with the beginning of a new tradition comes the end of another one – the last Miss and Little Miss Winchester Pageant was held in 2021 with Josie Clayton and Rebecca Bean Winningham being crowned the last Miss and Little Miss Winchester, respectively. They were both on hand to give farewell speeches.
Pageant Directors were Heather Wardlow and Brittany Peterson, who, together formed Peterlow Productions.
Together, they made the following statement:
“Thank you for making this long time dream of ours a reality. We have envisioned this for so many years and are beyond grateful to finally be a part of our amazing Scott County Fair.
“You have supported us endlessly and that means more than we can even express. The work you do to make fair week a success does not go unnoticed. We are so grateful for your hours of preparation long before fair week begins.
“We are so excited to be able to represent our fair at County Fair Days at the Illinois State Fair, as well as the many fairs and parades we will be participating in, representing the best county in Illinois. More than anything, we are proud to represent Scott County at the Illinois County Fair pageant in January for the first time ever.”
Should the winner of the pageant not be able to fulfill her duties, there are three runner-ups also chosen for both the Queen and Princess.
In the Queen category, chosen first runner-up was Isabella Brown, daughter of Corey and Jodi Brown; second runner-up was Tristan Lashmett, daughter of Terrisa and the late Terry Lashmett; and third runner-up was Zaylei Evans, daughter of Kandice Kunkel and the late Ryan Kunkel.
In the Princess category, chosen first runner up was Ava Maul, daughter of Avery and Katie Maul; second runner-up was McKyni Maynard, daughter of David and Kelsi Maynard; and third runner-up was Eyler Fay, daughter of Tanner and Sierra Fay.
The emcee for the evening, who did an amazing job, was Leah Hembrough.