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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lancaster County Girl Crowned as 2012 Pennsylvania Fair Queen


Drew An Brubaker of Strasburg, Lancaster County was crowned 2012 Pennsylvania Fair Queen and Amanda Mitcheltree of New Castle, Lawrence County was named first runner-up by judges Dennis S. Hazzard of Harrington, Del., Dr. James Howe of Oley, Pa., and Becky Brashear of Frederick, Md., on Saturday, Jan. 21.
By Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Published: Monday, Jan. 23, 2012-

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 23, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Drew An Brubaker of Lancaster has been crowned the 2012 Pennsylvania Fair Queen. She was crowned Jan. 21 at the annual joint convention of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs and Pennsylvania State Showmen's Association.
"Pennsylvania fairs are a celebration of our state's rich agricultural heritage," said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. "The 57 contestants in this program are the faces of the fairs and are exceptional ambassadors for our industry."
Brubaker, daughter of Andrew and Pamela Brubaker, is a 17-year-old senior at Lampeter-Strasburg High School. She is involved in the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Students, student tutoring, choir, swing dance club, school musicals and the school newspaper, among other activities. She works at Meck's Produce, is active in her church and enjoys reading and song-writing.
Brubaker, representing the West Lampeter Fair, received a $2,000 scholarship from the state fair association and was crowned by outgoing Pennsylvania Fair Queen Claire Werkiser of Chester County.
Each contestant prepared a brief speech highlighting the activities at her county or community fair. They also wrote an essay about the fair's personal significance in their life and local community. Each individual also gave a stage introduction during the fair convention annual banquet and interviewed with three judges.
The contestants are evaluated on their public speaking skills and knowledge of the agricultural industry, as well as on their poise and personal presentation in an evening gown competition.
Five finalists were chosen and gave an impromptu answer on the legacy they would like to leave at the end of their reign as fair queen. read more here:http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/23/4208915/lancaster-county-girl-crowned.html

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