I never thought that I would care, let alone write about, any kind of queens pageant.
That was until my daughter, Phoebe, was crowned Hamilton County (Indiana) 4-H Fair Queen.
It has been an amazing summer of visiting fairs, invitations to unique events, meeting people from across the state and celebrity status wherever we go. I’ve learned that fair queens are much more than bright pretty girls. They are chosen for their leadership and for their ability to articulate the importance of 4H in our community. It takes someone that intelligently and graciously bubbles enthusiasm for what they represent.
Phoebe not only represents Hamilton County. As an entertainer and 4-H member she has been an important part of the Indiana State Fair. She has performed on four stages and has not missed a summer in 10+ years. When tragedy struck the Fair last week and the stage rigging collapsed into the crowd she was upset because it was her fair. She explained that folks that didn’t get it talked about the stage collapsing at the Sugarland Concert. The people that understood talked about the stage collapsing at our Indiana State Fair.
Friday she begins the competition to officially represent the state as the Indiana State Fair Queen.. There is no doubt that she could fill this role. I’ve been with her on hundreds of occasions when folks have stopped and talked with her about being Queen and all that it represents. She asks names and hometowns. She gets on her knees and talks to children about their experiences at the fair. She explains to young parents why thier children should become involved with 4-H. She talks about sponsoring projects and beginning a club. (This is much, much more than proud Papa talking!)
The State Fair Queen’s Pageant is a three day event beginning Friday, August 19th. The girls and their mothers are sequestered at the Martin House Hotel and are shuttled to the Fairgrounds as needed. There are several public appearances on Saturday and the Pageant is Sunday, at noon, at the Coliseum (Where, apparently I saw Roy Rogers and Dale Evans!)
I would love to have you come and support her bid to become State Fair Queen. There’s not much to do but attend the fair and some events.
Public events to see the county queens during the selection process.
- Introduction to Royalty (County Fair
Queens) – Ellison Bakery Home & Family Arts Main Stage
3:00, Saturday, August 20th at Home and Family Arts Stage
- Queen Pageant, Pepsi Coliseum
Sunday, August 21 at Noon
Young ladies from counties all over Indiana compete for the coveted title of Miss Indiana State Fair