Harrisonville teen crowned Fulton County Fair queen

August 16, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- Mandi Lynch's family and friends crowded the stage seeking hugs and well wishes minutes after she was crowned Fulton County (Pa.) Fair Queen on Sunday.

In the crowd was Mandi's cousin, Carrie Swope, who won the title in 2006 and encouraged Mandi to compete. The girls talked about the benefits of representing the county at various events throughout the year.

"It's a great experience just to get up here," Mandi said while still perched on the stage's edge.

Mandi, 17, and two other teenagers were judged on their essays, as well as poise, appearance and conversational skills.

"Each contestant will get a large gift package," said Susie Schmidt, who helped to organize the contest with Xi Eta Lambda's McConnellsburg chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

Three judges named Lakin Toothman first runner-up and Megan Keller second runner-up.

Olivia Strait said she was sad to pass on the honor she won in 2008. Olivia enjoyed the Fulton Fall Folk Festival and state fair queen competition during her tenure.


"It was a really good experience," Olivia said of the state competition. "I got to meet a lot of girls."

Mandi, of Harrisonville, Pa., visited her hairstylist in the afternoon. The stylist sponsored Mandi's candidacy for fair queen and enveloped her in a hug afterward.

"I practiced my speech with her," Mandi said. "I was a little nervous, but I do a lot of speaking with FFA."

Mandi, the daughter of Curt and Sandra Lynch, will start her senior year at McConnellsburg High School in a few weeks. She hopes to be a veterinary pathologist someday.

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If you go ...

What: Fulton County Fair

When: Monday through Aug. 22

Where: Fulton County Fairgrounds, 888 Lincoln Way East, 1/2 mile east of McConnellsburg, Pa.

Cost: Children younger than 2 admitted free (no rides included). Ages 2 and older, $6 without carnival rides or $8 with carnival rides.

Contact: Call the fair office, 717-485-5730.

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