CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Scrambler, the Ferris wheel and the miniature cars remained motionless on Sunday afternoon at the Franklin County Fair. Fresh straw stayed fluffed in the livestock areas without cows to trample it.
Yet, signs of life began to present themselves as the fair's first of seven days kicked off.
Money changed hands as the first Italian ice treats and sandwiches were sold. Judges' instructions from the youth horse show echoed from the arena while fair queen, princess and little miss contestants practiced for tonight's competition on the main stage.
Reigning 2007 Franklin County Fair Queen Katy Mitchell and her alternate, Joy Kiefer, assisted in the rehearsals for this year's four queen contestants.
"The first day of this fair is the last day, as far as our court," Mitchell said.
Most of the advice from Mitchell and Kiefer concerned the public-speaking portions of the competition.
"Enjoy the speech and have fun with the audience," said Kiefer, 18, of Fayetteville, Pa.