Miss Allen County pageant to kick of pre-fair activities

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The queen’s court for last year’s Allen County Fair included, from left, third runner-up Sophia Slates (Fort Wayne), first runner-up Abbey Russel (Grabill), Miss Allen County 2018 Megan Brelage (Fort Wayne), second runner-up and Miss Photogenic Maranda Malcolm (Garrett), and fourth runner-up and Miss Congeniality Julia Kuhn (Fort Wayne). (File photo)

Staff report

FORT WAYNE — Allen County 4-H will host several activities leading up to this year’s Allen County Fair, which will begin July 23 at the Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne.

The festivities will kick off with the Miss Allen County Queen Scholarship Pageant, 6 p.m. July 14 at Carroll High School. Miss Allen County is an official preliminary for the Miss Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant. The pageant is open to young ladies between the ages of 17-21 that live in Allen County, or those from an adjoining county that participate in Allen County 4-H or go to school in Allen County.

The four areas of competition are interview, professional wear, evening wear and on-stage question — each of which represent various percentages of the final score. The winner is selected as a role model and positive ambassador for the Allen County Fair.

Each Miss Allen County and her court are honored to reign over the fair. At the fair, queen and court participate and make appearances at events such as Kid’s Day, the demo derby, 4-H shows, kiddie tractor pull and more activities. In addition to the Allen County Fair, Miss Allen County makes appearances throughout the year at charity events and fundraisers, as well as representing Allen County at the Indiana State Fair Queen Contest in January.

Reigning queen Megan Brelage, a 2016 graduate of Bishop Dwenger and current Purdue University student, will share her experiences over the past year during the pageant.

On July 20, 4-H will host a cat show at 6 p.m., followed by a pet rabbit show at 7 p.m. Both events will be in the Home and Family Arts Building at the Fairgrounds.