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For Immediate Release: Jan. 21, 2018

Contact: Charlyn Fargo Ware



Miss Iroquois County chosen to reign over 2018 Illinois and DuQuoin State Fairs


Will also represent all the 104 Illinois County Fairs


The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs held its 108th annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Illinois January 18th thru 21st, 2018. 


One of the highlights of the annual event is the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant, held Jan. 21.

Samantha Hasselbring, 19, of Cissna Park was crowned the 59th Miss Illinois County Fair queen. Hasselbring represented


Iroquois County at the 108th Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention on Sunday. She is currently attending Parkland College majoring in elementary education. Hasselbring will be a summer employee of the Department of Agriculture. She will travel to about 30 county fairs, and will be the official hostess of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and the DuQuoin State Fair. As queen, Hasselbring’s main duty is to emphasize the importance of agriculture and county fairs to Illinois. 

Kylar Craig of Richland County was named the first runner up, Emily Kuberski of Perry County,  was named the second runner up, Meg Meeker of Logan County, was named third runner up, and Heather Simpson of Georgetown Fair in Vermillion County, was named 4th runner up. “The feeling is indescribable,” said Hasselbring, after being crowned. “ You never think it’s going to happen. It’s a dream come true.” Hasselbring grew up on a family farm where her father raises cattle and her mother is a teacher. Her goal as the 2018 Illinois County Fair queen is to be a voice for agriculture. “I want to show how important agriculture is,” she said. “ I’m the first from my county to be the county fair queen. I’m so proud to say I’m from Iroquois County.”

The top 15 finalists were: Becca Fisher of Henry County; Gracie Richardson of Morgan County; Danielle Scheetz of Hancock County;  Danielle Rondeau of Western Illinois Fair;  Kylar Craig  of Richland County; Morgan Wright of Vermillion County; Meg Meeker of Logan County;  Samantha Hasselbring of Iroquois County; Carson Goff   of Tazewell County;  Maria Lueken of Effingham County;  Colleen Nichols of Macoupin County; Grace Keller of Lake County; Heather Simpson of Georgetown Fair; Emily Kuberski of Perry County and  Juliana Fray of Pike County.

Non-finalist awards went to: Madison Cowell of Cass County, Ruby Crum Memorial Award; Alexis Benson of Marshall-Putnam, Best personal interview; Brianna Legner of Bureau County,  Best in Communication Skills; Meghan Ingram of Edgar County, Best in Stage Presence; Mikayla Stanfield, Best in Beauty and Physique competition. A new award this year went to Peighton Parks of White County, People’s Choice Award Winner.

Earlier at the IAAF annual convention, Talent Show winners were chosen. First place in the senior division went to Corey Barlow of McHenry County for a vocal solo; second place to Madalyn Schmitt of Ford County; third place to Lexi Bergschneider of Sangamon County; fourth place to Jenna Zumbahlen of Jasper County and fifth place to Megan Schippert of Iroquois County.

In the Junior Division Talent Show competition, first place went to Meara Seelbach, Laney Teeter and Eliana Wilson of Sangamon County for a dance routine; second place to Lilly Nowak of DuPage County; third place to Olivia Novak and Karissa Brown of Kendall County; fourth place to Scarlet Potter of Morgan County and fifth place to Jaycee Bates of Scott County.


In total, this year's convention had more than 3,000 in attendance.

Miss Iroquois County chosen to reign over 2018 Illinois and DuQuoin State Fairs

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