Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, January 28, 1995, Image 22

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    A22-Lancaster Fanning, Saturday, January 28, 199 S
Fair Association Selects Queen, Fairperson Of Year
(Continued from Pago A 1)
Lanius, a dairy farmer from
York who continued the operation
that was started by his grandfather,
has been involved with agriculture
and county fairs almost all his life.
In announcing the award, Bruce
Koppenhaver, association
secretaiy/treasurer, said Lanius’s
involvement in agricultural and
rural community organizations has
included serving with the local
Farm Bureau, the state and local
Guernsey breeder association, as
past president of the Dairy Shrine,
past president of the rural develop
ment association, with the Pa.
Council of Farm Organizations, a
member of the state Milk Market
ing Board of Directors, and numer
ous other involvements.
In accepting the award, Donald
said he credited his wife with help
ing with chores so that he could
attend meetings and conventions,
and with supporting his efforts to
contribute to the betterment of the
He said he will continue to do all
he can to help with the success of
county fairs. “Fair are something
that we need to bring us together,”
he said.
The newly crowned queen, Ran
dall, 18, is the daughter of Charles
and Kathryn Randall, and is a gra
duate of Rockwood High School.
She currently attends Millersville
University, pursuing a degree in
marine biology.
According to a booklet on the
queens, Jennifer’s goal is to pursue
a career in shark research. In high
school, she graduated 10th in her
class with a grade point average of
3.5, and was involved in various
academic and leadership organiza
tions, in addition to participating
4-H and other community
Randall was one of 43 fair queen
contestants whom had won their
positions as queens of their respec
tive home county fairs this past
In preparation for the coronation
luncheon when the panel of judges
does their final selection of a new
queen, all the contestant queens
spend almost two days of the con
vention being interviewed, attend
ing a seminar, competing in an
evening gown competition, and
having themselves photographed.
During the luncheon, held in the
convention ballroom, the associa
tion officers and queen judges sitat
an elevated head table, midway
along the long, north wall.
Directly opposite the head table
against the south wall is a large
stage, that during the convention is
used frequently by various enter
tainers who get the chance to
showcase their acts in hopes of get
ting work at county fairs. For the
coronation luncheon, the stage is
provided with risers and chairs for
the contestants to sit, as well as a
large queen’s chair.
In between the head table and
stage, for the length and width of
the floor, are round tables where
the queens and their families and
county fair board representatives
A tuxedo-ed Brad Hicks, televi
sion news reporter for WGAL
TVS, served as master of ceremo
nies again this year.
The judges were Jean Arcurio,
of Airville, a former central Pen
nsylvania Miss Pennsylvania and
runnerup Miss Pennsylvania with
i degree in performing arts and
who teaches music to elementary
students; Pat Suck, who with her
husband ran a large fairow to fin
ish operation, but recently got out
because of the bankrupt-level price
All 43 contestants for 1995 state fair queen sit on stage Queen Beth Ann Paul talks to master of ceremonies Brad
awaiting the selection of finalists, while outgoing state Fair Hicks about her experiences as queen.
3f hogs and market trends, and
who is involved with various ag
organizations and ag in the class
room; and Kenneth Nale, of Her
shey, an agricultural science teach
er at the Milton Hershey School for
16 years.
After Hicks announced the five
finalists Butler Fair Queen
Tanya Campbell, Clearfield Coun
ty Fair Queen Shannon Curry,
Luzerne County Fair Queen Amy
O’Boyle, Elizabethtown Fair
Queen Kimberly Horting, and
Somerset County Fair Queen
Randall he sent them out of the
room, to be secluded until they
were brought back on stage to be
asked a question.
The question was, “What do you
feel are the kinds of values that fair
queens and local fairs represent?”
All answers were, to a varying
degree, capsulized in what Randall
said about fair and fair queens rep
resenting a 'community effort to
create a more enjoyable time, bet
ter education and mutual under
standing: “A good sense of com
munity is one of the most impor
tant values.”
After the questioning, the
judges left the room to confer and
select the queen and runnerup.
In the meantime, the special
honor of Miss Congeniality went
to Spartansburg Community Fair
Queen Stephannie Kay Root, and
Beth Ann Paul, outgoing state fair
queen, gave her goodbye address.
After recounting last year’s win
and her nervousness, she high
lighted some of the events she
attended while, queen, such as
serving as a judge in a Memorial
Day beautiful baby contest, attend
ing a Penn State University science
fair, her hometown Denver Fair,
the Lebanon County Farm-City
Week Banquet, the state Farm
Show and activities there.
She then thanked the people of
the Denver Fair for the opportunity
and said, “I hope I made those peo
ple as proud of me as I am of my
home town.”
The three Judges discuss the merits ot finalists In making 1 "f Btete Fall ‘ Queen Beth Ann Paul, left, presents a bou
thelr selection of the 1995 state fair queen. The Judges are, quet of roses Jennifer Marie Randall, and congrulates her
from the left, Ken Nale, Jean Arcurio, and Pat Sueck. on b * ,n fl selected 1995 state fair queen.
Jennifer Marie Randall of Somerset is named the 1995 Pennsylvania Fair Queen
and, with outstretched hand that blocks the view of master of ceremonies Brad Hicks’
face, thanks Judges and the audience of the annual state queen coronation of the Pa.
State Association of County Fairs. On the left are the four other finalists, who are, from
the left, Tanya Campbell, Shannon Curry, Kimberly Horting, and Amy O’Boyle, state
queen runnerup.
And then she reflected on the °T P™* o ® as an optometrist mittecperson or representative
nersonal effects of heinu a fair In othcr * ws - associated who can cither provide mforma
® reorganized and Frederick Trump, tion directly or how to contact one
q “I’ve mown to aroreciate oeo- of . Bloomsbur B (Bloomsburg of the 20 state directors.
pie more during my reign,” she ofT^S^tslSdiiff Five new directors for 1995
said, adding that while traveling | e vicepresi- were also announccd - Thc y
around, she especially got a better f Luke Bruckhart, of Manheim,
sense for the backbone of com- *“ ’ w I Rk* Marchionc. of Newfound
munity effort that agriculture * land, Lee Robinson, of McDonald,
provides. Fofmore information on the Arthur Knauf, of Harmony, and
Paul received a standing ovation pSACF contact a Kathy Mosicr, of Kersey,
from the crowd, when she ended sA '“ h * contact a local tair com
with a quote from Dr. Seus, “With
brains in your head, and feet in
your shoes, you can go anywhere
you choose!”
Selected as runnerup state fair
queen was Luzerne County Fair
Queen Amy O’Boyle, 19, daughter
of John and Phyllis O’Boyle, of
DuPont A student at Wilkes Uni
versity, she is currently pursuing a
bachelor’s degree in biology and
pre-optompetry, with a minor in
chemistry. Her goal is to open her