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Bryson named Franklin County Fair Queen

August 23, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSON, Pa. - A Shippensburg (Pa.) University journalism major was named Franklin County Fair Queen in front of a large crowd Monday evening.

Rachel Bryson, a home-schooled 19-year-old, is a junior in college and plans to spread awareness of agricultural land preservation during her reign.

The daughter of Tom and Linda Bryson of Chambersburg, Pa., Bryson has completed an internship with Antietam Cable Television in Hagerstown.

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All 11 contestants gave a two- to three-minute speech on why people should attend the fair. Later, each was asked, "What one thing did you do for your community and how did it benefit?"

Wearing a sparkly black and silver taffeta gown, Bryson spoke clearly and confidently. She serves the area by teaching children about animals and life on the farm at the Ag Center at the Franklin County 4-H Center, she said.

Bryson added that serving as 2004 Fair Princess made her realize how much she loves agriculture and wants to tell others about it. She was sponsored by the 4-H County Council.

The alternate is Laura Rice, 17, of Mercersburg, Pa. The fair princess is Meredith Johnson, 16, also of Mercersburg.

The Franklin County Fair Little Miss is Marleena Bock, 6, daughter of Duane and Tammy Bock of Chambersburg. Wearing a pink-and-white full-length gown and with her black hair on top of her head, Marleena said she had to "wave and talk. I like when I waved and when I got to be the future queen."

She will be a first-grader at Cumberland Valley Christian School.

The 2004 Franklin County Fair Queen Amanda Koons of Waynesboro, Pa., wept as she gave her farewell speech. She said that her life has been "forever changed by the wonderful events and people" she experienced and met during her reign.

"I've spoken at parades, banquets, picnics and festivals as a spokeswoman for ag practices and farmland preservation," said Koons, who recently was named 2005 Franklin County Dairy Princess.

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