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Teen named Franklin County Fair Queen

August 22, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

WILLIAMSON, Pa. - With a wave, a smile and the highest leap her heels would allow, Jaclyn Upperman accepted the title of Franklin County Fair Queen on Monday evening.

"This is just unreal," the smiling 17-year-old Chambersburg, Pa., girl told reporters.

One of six girls competing for the title, a panel of three judges selected Jaclyn for her appearance, speech presentation and her impromptu answer at the event.

Sherrie Mellott, coordinator for the 2006 Fair Queen contest and activities, said Jaclyn will have many responsibilities as Fair Queen.

"She will compete in the state contest held in Hershey in January," Mellott said. "She also will hand out ribbons at the fair, ride in parades, attend banquets and give speeches."

Rachel Bryson of Greencastle, Pa., the 2005 Fair Queen, also attended the ceremony Monday evening. There to congratulate the winner and pass on the title, Bryson admitted that the experience was bittersweet.

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"I am excited that another girl will get to have this amazing experience," she said. "But I am just as sad to give it up."

As Bryson placed the crown on Jaclyn's head, the crowd roared with cheers for her.

"I am excited for her," Jaclyn's mother, Jane, said as she made her way to hug her daughter. Waiting patiently for his chance to congratulate his daughter, Steve Upperman smiled with pride.

"I am totally ecstatic" he said. "Jaclyn has always been very special from the way she's handled diabetes since she was 2 to this. I just can't wait to give her a kiss."

Jaclyn, who will be a senior at James Buchanan High School, admitted she had no idea what she would do next.

"I guess I will go back to the barn and feed and rinse my cattle," she shrugged.

Jaclyn is the 41st girl to be named Fair Queen for Franklin County.

Also crowned Monday evening were Miss Fair Princess Bindy Boyer, Miss Fair Princess Alternate Brittany Veilleux, Little Miss Fair Queen Savanah Stahl, Little Miss Fair Princess Corrine Statler and Little Miss Alternate Fair Princess Faith Wenger.

Upcoming events for the fair:

Today:

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Judging of exhibits; buildings not open for visitors.

9 a.m. - 4-H dairy roundup.

4 p.m. - 4-H/FFA goat show.

6 p.m. - 4-H/FFA junior steer and Holstein show.

7 p.m. - Karaoke contest

7 p.m. - Skid steer operators rodeo.

For a full schedule, see www.franklincountyfair.org.

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