Top of the morning, Jan. 23, 2014
There's a celebrity on campus. But Illinois freshman Summer Robbins isn't giving it away by wearing her Miss Illinois County Fair Queen crown while strolling down Green Street.
"Social media and newspapers have been flaunting my crown plenty," she said. "Therefore, I am keeping it safe and sound in its box!"
The future corporate attorney beat out a record 71 other fair queens for the top spot Sunday in Springfield. She celebrated by, well, returning to C-U as classes resumed Tuesday.
A former Miss Illinois Teen winner, the Coffeen native isn't done competing. Robbins said she would be honored to make a run at Miss Illinois and Miss America. She considers Erika Harold a role model who "even studied my major of finance."
Here's more from the friendly Hillsboro High product:
Best perk with being Miss Illinois County Fair Queen?
"While I may not be traveling the world, I am greatly looking forward to traveling the state. I will have the opportunity to speak in front of the Illinois Senate and House in order to advocate for agricultural affairs and the importance of county fairs."
Where does a fair queen hang out on campus?
"My business organization, the Illinois Business Council, has weekly meetings — a great time to socialize and relax."
Favorite Illini team?
"Whether successful or not, the atmosphere of Illini football is amazing. I also enjoy watching our volleyball team beat rival teams."
Since the pageant started in 1960, several area women have been named Miss Illinois County Fair Queen:
|1978||Julie Lynn Foran||Piatt County|
|2000||Sarah Irle||Champaign County|
|2001||Jenn Scheitlin||Champaign County|
|2008||Molly Reeves||Georgetown Fair|