Franklin County Fair queen to be picked today

August 17, 1998|By DON AINES

WILLIAMSON, Pa. - Four of the young women who will be vying for Franklin County Fair Queen tonight seemed a bit embarrassed as they were caught in the middle of a makeover Sunday afternoon.

Reigning Fair Queen Tiffany Stahl and her mother, Twila Stahl-Davis, were giving some makeup pointers to the young women, one of whom will preside over events at the week-long fair after she is crowned queen tonight after the 7:30 p.m. contest on the midway stage.

Sunday, however, their faces were cloaked in white cleansing masks.

Heather Sanders, 18, of Fayetteville, Pa.; Melissa Daugherty, 16, of Chambersburg, Pa.; Susan Hartman, 16, of St. Thomas, Pa.; and Erin Goodman, 17, of Williamson, Pa., participated in a dry run of tonight's pageant. Christina Crowe, 18, and Jenifer Lee Garber, 18, both of Waynesboro, Pa., and veterans of last year's pageant also will compete.

A few dozen people were making last-minute preparations for the fair, which began Sunday night with vesper services. Members of the Quincy-Washington 4-H Dairy Club were decorating the cow barn for the dairy show with green banners.


"This is my seventh year," 15-year-old fair veteran Anna Hess of Waynesboro said. Last year she won the Junior Master Fitting title at the fair. This year she has a winter yearling and two Holsteins entered in competition.

Gerald Reichard has been the manager or president for the Franklin County Fair Commission for all but five years since 1971. Sunday he was doing a bit of everything at the Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club, including knocking together a pen for the pony rides near the midway stage.

"This year it's been trying to keep everybody straight about what the revised schedule is," Reichard said when asked what his biggest chore has been this year.

Country singer Gary Allan was scheduled to appear Saturday, but he'll be on the midway stage Thursday because his recording company wants him in San Diego, Calif., on Saturday.

"Thursday is going to be a triple-header for us," Reichard said. The night will include the Rawhide Rodeo Company in the arena at 7 p.m., the WAYZ Youth Talent Contest at the same time on the midway stage, followed by Allan at 9:30 p.m.

The rodeo, a mixture of professional cowboys and local bronco busters, is in its third year and has proven to be a real draw, according to Reichard.

Reichard said new attractions include a demolition derby at 7:30 p.m. in the arena and a skid loader rodeo for youths and adults on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Contestants will run several obstacles courses to determine who is tops at maneuvering the miniature bulldozers.

Reichard expects as many as 35,000 people will attend the fair with up to 900 people entering everything from their best cattle and sheep to the rabbits, cucumbers and cookies.

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