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Fort Loudon teen named Franklin Co. Fair Queen

August 21, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - It was a sodden night, but Monday's drought-breaking rain did nothing to dampen the high spirits of the young woman named alternate in the Franklin County Fair Queen Contest.

"It's great being in third place," said an ebullient Joy Kiefer of Fayetteville, Pa. "You don't have as many responsibilities, but you still get a tiara and a sash," the 17-year-old said.

It was Katy Elizabeth Mitchell, 17, of Fort Loudon, Pa., who was crowned queen of the county's 101st fair by her predecessor, Jaclyn Upperman. Sarah Hess of Waynesboro, Pa., was named Fair Princess.

Angel Beaver and Bindy Boyer, both of Greencastle, and Jessie Kline and Alicia Carey, both of Chambersburg, rounded out the field of seven candidates in this year's pageant.

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Normally held on the fairgrounds' Midway stage, heavy rains forced the queen contest under a nearby show tent where 150 or so people crowded beneath it for its protection, while others stood outside under umbrellas or braved the precipitation.

"Actually I shot my first turkey in this weather," Mitchell said as she sat with Little Miss Faith Wenger of Mont Alto, Pa., for photographs and questions. Mitchell won the contest, in part, because of her presentation on why people should come to the fair and her impromptu answer as to what she would do as queen to educate the public about agriculture.

"As a teen, I'm deeply concerned about the loss of farmland," Mitchell said in her speech. "How long will it be before all our children can see are rooftops?"

"I would like to pursue more opportunities to speak to the public," Mitchell said in answer to the question. She also said, "I think everybody should have the opportunity to milk a cow."

After receiving the crown, Mitchell said she has not done much public speaking but, "My Mom does it, so I'm trying to learn from the best."

"It's awesome," said her mother, Embarq spokeswoman Yvonne Butts-Mitchell. Parents all want to see their children do well, but having her daughter's efforts recognized by others made the night special, she said.

Katy Mitchell said he was in last year's contest and wanted "to come back and see if I could do better." She encouraged the other contestants to do the same.

Faith Wenger's court include the Little Miss Princess, Grace Crider and alternate Kirstyn Leah Black, both of St. Thomas, Pa. There were 14 girls contesting for the Little Miss crown.

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