Shippensburg teen named franklin Co. fair queen

August 19, 2003|by DON AINES

WILLIAMSON, Pa. - A junior at Shippensburg (Pa.) High School was judged the cream of the crop among seven contestants Monday night and crowned the 2003 Franklin County Fair Queen.

Ashley Eyer, 16, of 4340 Roxbury Road, the president of her FFA club at the high school, was also voted Most Photogenic in the pageant. Nancy Witter of 7810 Olde Scotland Road, Shippensburg, was named first runner-up and Cassie Saunders of 3975 Edenville Road, Chambersburg, was selected as the alternate.

The daughter of Richard Eyer and Marsha Walker, Eyer said she got into the pageant at the suggestion of someone from her church, Franklin County Fair Queen Advisor Cindy Hinkle.


"She said, 'Hey, I need more girls to run. I only have four,'" Eyer said. "I'd never done it before and gave it a try." The field eventually grew to seven young women vying for the honor of presiding over events and handing out blue ribbons for the rest of the fair, which runs through Saturday.

The fair queen is often also called upon to make appearances at community events and agricultural events throughout the year until she surrenders her crown, as 2002 Fair Queen Maria Hoover did last night.

Although not a farmer, Eyer said she will use her position as fair queen and FFA chapter president to promote agriculture and the fair, especially to middle and elementary school children.

Trista Taylor of Sunny Drive, Waynesboro, Pa., was the judge's choice among 17 girls between the ages of 5 and 7 competing in the Little Miss Contest.

"We had to turn girls away," Hinkle said of the large number of girls who wanted to enter the pageant.

Trista, 6, may have won the judges over with her answer to a question about what she would like to do if she visited a farm.

"Milk the pigs," was her answer.

Kattera Winebrenner of 227 E. Washington St., Chambersburg, was named first runner-up and Jodi Adams of 13459 Path Valley Road, Willow Hill, Pa., won the crown as alternate.

Hailey Tanger of 222 High St., Chambersburg, was named Miss Photogenic in the pageant.

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