The Farmer City, Fisher, Champaign County, Ford, Georgetown, Piatt, Vermilion and Iroquois fair queens are among those competing for the title of 2013 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen this weekend.
The 54th annual Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs state queen pageant runs at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield through Sunday.
Miss Ford County 2012, Sara Diesburg of Paxton, and Miss Iroquois County 2012, Katie Roselius of Crescent City, join Hayley Lockwood, Miss Georgetown Fair 2012, among the area representatives. Champaign County Fair Queen Chandler Bruns and Fisher Fair Queen Taylor Franzen, both of Gifford, are also among the contestants, as is Piatt County Fair Queen Shelby DeOrnellas.
DeOrnellas is 18, and, though still a high school senior, is already attending agricultural classes at Lake Land College in Mattoon. Her mother is Laura DeOrenellas of Monticello.
Bruns was crowned June 16 as the 2012 Miss Champaign County Fair. She is a daughter of Steve and Christine Bruns of Gifford. During her reign, she has served as Champaign County Fair's ambassador, working with the Farm Bureau to celebrate its 100-year anniversary and promoting agriculture in the county.
The Farmer City Fair's queen is a Blue Ridge High School alumnus, Danielle Burge.
Fisher Fair Queen Franzen was crowned in July, and she is a daughter of Tom and Teri Franzen of Gifford. A junior at the University of Illinois majoring in nursing, she has been an ambassador for the Fisher Fair by attending numerous events throughout the county and state promoting agriculture.
Diesburg is the 19-year-old daughter of Robert and Ann Diesburg of Paxton. She is a 2011 graduate of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School. She is a sophomore at the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, majoring in interior design.
Roselius is the daughter of Tom and Deb Roselius of Crescent City. She is a 2009 graduate of Crescent-Iroquois High School and is a UI senior studying nursing.
Lockwood is the daughter of J.J. Lockwood and Jennifer Lockwood, both of Catlin. She is a UI junior, majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in political science.
Also in the pageant is Miss Vermilion County Fair Elizabeth Sothen of Danville, the daughter of Colleen and David Sothen.
The state pageant will include a personal interview, a prepared one-minute speech, and swimsuit and evening-gown competitions.
Fifteen finalists will be chosen to compete for the title of Miss Illinois County Fair Queen.
The title of Miss Illinois County Fair is currently held by Brittani Schisler of Lake County.
The new 2013 Miss Illinois County Fair queen will serve as a representative for the Illinois State Fair and will promote agriculture throughout the state during her reign.