Seven to compete for Madison County Fair Queen

News LeaderJuly 16, 2014 

Queen Contestants — From left are Sierra Kovarik, Peyton Gehrs, Maddie Braesch, Amy Raymond, 2013 Miss Madison County Fair Queen Kristen McDowell, Kelsie Vandergriff, Maranda Harris and Emily Lange.

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Seven young women will compete to be the 23rd Miss Madison County Fair Queen.

The annual Miss Madison County Fair Queen Pageant will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 in the auditorium at the Highland Elementary School, 1800 Lindenthal Ave.

In conjunction with to the Miss Madison County Fair Queen Pageant, the Parade of Princesses will again take place, as well as a Junior Miss Pageant, which is in its third year.

Parking for the pageant is $4 per car. Tickets for the pageant are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 7 to 12. Children under 7 get in free.

Scoring for the Miss Madison County Fair Queen Pageant is as follows: interview (35 percent), communication skills (25 percent), stage presence/evening gown (20 percent), swimsuit (10 percent), facial beauty (10 percent).

Eligibility requirements include that contestants must be at least 16 years of age by the pageant date and not have turned 22 by Jan. 1 of the following year (2015). Contestants must be a single female; never have been married or had a marriage annulled. Contestant can never have been pregnant and is not the adoptive parent of a child. Contestants must have been a legal resident of Madison County for six months prior to the pageant date or attend a high school or college or work (full-time or part-time) in Madison County and be of good moral character.

Queen Contestants

The 2014 Miss Madison County Fair Queen contestants are:

•Sierra Kovarik of Troy, the daughter of Justin and Tanya Kovarik, plans to attend Southwestern Illinois College;

•Peyton Gehrs of Highland, the daughter of Matt and Jill Gehrs, is attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale;

•Maddie Braesch of Pleasant Plains, Ill., the daughter of Robert and Susan Braesch, is attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville;

•Amy Raymond of Alhambra, the daughter of David and Laurie Raymond, is attending Kaskaskia College;

•Kelsie Vandergriff of Granite City, the daughter of Randy and Sherry Vandergriff, is attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville;

•Maranda Harris of Highland, the daughter of Beth Schubel and John Harris, is attending Southwestern Illinois College; and

•Emily Lange of Edwardsville, the daughter of Cathy Kelly and Jeremy Lange, is attending Edwardsville High School.

Junior Miss Contestants

Three young ladies will take the stage this year to compete. Contestants participating in the Junior Miss Madison County Fair Queen Pageant must be between the ages of 11 and 13 years of age. Contestants must be 11 years of age by the pageant date and not have reached their 13th birthday by the pageant date.

The 2014 Miss Madison County Fair Junior Miss contestants are:

•Ciarra Mulligan of Granite City, the daughter of Melissa Mulligan and Robert Finch;

•Annika Cosgrove of Collinsville, the daughter of Stephanie and Jeff Cosgrove; and

•Kiris Kovarik of Troy, the daughter of Justin and Tanya Kovarik.

Parade of Princesses

There will be 10 girls participating in this year’s Parade of Princesses. The Madison County Princesses must be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2014 in Madison County. Each princess receives a tiara and a goodie bag, and will gets to be crowned on stage and participate in a production number with the Miss Madison County Fair Queen.

Parade of Princesses participants will be:

•Jayden Blackwell of St. Jacob, the daughter to Jeremy and Cassie Blackwell, who will attend Henning Elementary in the fall;

•Morgan Dressler of Alhambra, the daughter to Scott and Jamie Dressler, who will attend Alhambra Primary in the fall;

•Kenley Knebel of Highland, the daughter to Travis and Amy Knebel, who will attend Highland Primary in the fall;

•Nora Kampwerth of Highland, the daughter to Nathan and Lori Kampwerth, who will attend Alhambra Primary in the fall;

•Jillian Monahan of St. Jacob, the daughter to Heather and Tim Monahan, who will attend St. Jacob Elementary in the fall;

•Madalyn Roach of New Douglas, the daughter to Aaron and Jaime Roach, who will attend Alhambra Primary in the fall;

•Victoria Schuck of Highland, the daughter of Allen and Nikki Schuck, who will attend Highland Primary in the fall.

•Sophia Rogier of Highland, the daughter of Matt and Missy Rogier, who will attend Highland Primary in the fall;

•Christiana Zinschlag of Edwardsville, the daughter to Ryan and Jennifer Zinschlag, who will attend Nelson School in the fall; and

•Leah Morton of Granite City, the granddaughter of Gordon and Deb Morton and daughter of Sara Morton and the late Travis Morton, who will attend Mitchell Elementary in the fall.

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