Four questions for the 2018 Farmer City/DeWitt County Fair queen

Four questions for the 2018 Farmer City/DeWitt County Fair queen

Competing in pageants is more than just looks these days. For Mia Brandenburg, the key to becoming the 2018 Farmer City/DeWitt County Fair queen was using a little extra elbow grease — literally.

"I think it was my commercial about my sponsor, Crawley Auto Repair, that made me stand out," said the 17-year-old Cerro Gordo High School senior. "I had to make a fun presentation with the company's phone number in it."

Becoming a county fair queen requires hard work and several hours of preparation, but for veteran Brandenburg, a few hours is nothing compared to 15 years of pageant experience.

"I've done pageants since I was 2 years old," she said. "I did a couple pageants last year and thought it would be fun to compete in the Farmer City one."

The News-Gazette's Therese Pokorney caught up with Brandenburg, who shared her moment in the spotlight with Presley Whisman, crowned the fair's Little Miss.

How did you choose your sponsor?

I work at the State Bank of Cerro Gordo, and the owner of Crawley's Auto Repair is one of my co-workers' wife. When I told her I was doing the pageant, she asked if they could sponsor me. The only requirement was that I included their phone number in the commercial portion.

What went through your mind when you won?

I was so surprised since this was something I really wanted for a long time. I was Miss Cerro Gordo in 2016, but they don't have that pageant anymore. I wasn't thinking of doing it this year, but the queen last year messaged me asking me to do it.

What other pageants have you competed in?

I was Little Miss Piatt County in 2007 and Junior Miss Piatt County in 2014. There's just something I love about dressing up and getting on stage for people.

What's your favorite memory of the fair?

Every year, I look forward to all the fairs. My favorite event so far has been the harness racing. It's something I haven't seen before, and I got to hang out with (Little Miss) Presley Whisman and watch the race. This year, I'm so thankful for everyone at the Farmer City fair. They made me feel like a true queen.

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