Harrisonville teen named Fulton County Fair Queen

August 11, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Sarah Hollinshead, 17, of Harrisonville, Pa., was named the Fulton County (Pa.) Fair Queen for 2013.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — A Harrisonville, Pa., teenager was named the 2013 Fulton County (Pa.) Fair queen Sunday evening in front of more than 200 people.

Sarah Hollinshead, 17, is the daughter of Eric and Anne Marie Hollinshead. She will be a senior at McConnellsburg High School this fall.

The 93rd annual Fulton County Fair continues through Saturday.

“This week, I want to be a role model,” Sarah said.

She said that as a child, she always looked forward to seeing the fair queen.

Morgan Strait, the 2012 fair queen, participated in the crowning.

The other four contestants were Christina Koontz, 17, of Warfordsburg, Pa.; Kimberly Stotler, 16, of Needmore, Pa.; Nicole Cutchall, 18, of Hustontown, Pa.; and Samantha Bottenfield, 17, of Needmore. Contestants hailed from each of Fulton County’s three school districts.

Nicole was named first runner-up.

The Xi Eta Lambda chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority sponsors the pageant. The sorority paid tribute to charter member Marie Shimer, who helped organize the previous 26 pageants before she died this year.

Sarah is involved in Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, and Teens Against Tobacco Use, or TATU. She plays volleyball and enjoys snowboarding. She traveled to China through a organization connecting peers.

Contestants were judged on essays, appearance, communication skills and personality. Each told the audience members why they should come to the fair, then answered an impromptu question.

Sarah claimed it is crazy to think the fair doesn’t have something to offer.

“Sure, we don’t have the biggest fair around, but it’s the greatest,” she said, saying she wants the fair to have a reputation of being welcoming and having youth who care about agriculture.

Sarah said one of her earliest fair memories is attending with her older brother, Dillan. She remembers hopping on a ride called The Octopus.

“It was scary,” she said. “He kept making me go on it again and again.”

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