Fair queen competing next week

The 2017 Miss Edgar County Fair Meghan Ingram will compete for the title of Miss Illinois County Fair beginning Thursday in Springfield.

Ingram, the daughter of James and Jamie Ingram of Chrisman will be among 72 county fair queens vying for the title, according to Edgar County Fair Queen director Tracy Quinn-Porter.

A 2016 graduate of Chrisman High School, Ingram is attending Danville Area Community College studying radiologic technology seeking an echocardiogram certification.

Besides Quinn-Porter, the queen will be accompanied by Maddie Flesner, the 2016 Miss Edgar County Fair, Sondi Mattingly, her parents, sister, friends and other family.

Rehearsal for the pageant begins Thursday afternoon at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. In addition to practice, all of the queens will have official photographs taken in swimsuit and evening gowns. The day ends with a pizza party.

Friday begins at 8 a.m. with four minute interviews with the five pageant judges as well as more rehearsal of the production number for the pageant.

Pageant preliminary competition is Saturday. At the beginning of the morning preliminary competition, all queens participate in the grand march.

Ingram will compete in the afternoon preliminary competition beginning at 1 p.m. During the competition she will compete in stage presence (evening gown), beauty and physique (swimsuit) and give a one-minute speech. She will come back at the completion of the evening preliminary for a final grand march of all the contestants in speech attire.

Sunday is pageant day, beginning with a practice at 8 a.m. and a breakfast in honor of the 2017 Miss Illinois County Fair, Caludia VanOpdorp of Henry County.

The evening banquet opens with a production number by all the queens. The top 15 finalists are then announced as well as the non-finalist awards for stage presence, beauty and physique, speech and interview. The 15 finalists then begin competition again, competing in evening gown, swim suit and speech.

After the finalists complete their speech they are then asked a series of three-pop questions. The 2018 Miss Illinois County Fair is announced as well as the runners-up. The pageant ends with a reception for the queens.

The pageant is part of the Annual IAAF (Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs) Convention. Attending the convention are fair board members president Mary Lou Wright, vice-president Mary Liz Wright, secretary Terri Quinn and member Rick Dodd.

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