St. Joseph junior is Dayton Fair queen
The queen of the 131st Dayton Fair is Ingrid Boarts of Ford City, the 16-year-old daughter of Suzanne and David Boarts.
Boarts is a junior at St. Joseph High School and is also a cheerleader, class officer, scholastic award winner and church lector.
Her Armstrong County merits include the 2010 Outstanding 4-H member, 4-H club officer, teen camp counselor, St. Mary's altar server, church youth group and community service participant.
Boarts was presented her crown by the outgoing fair queen, Lauren Schultheis.
Runner-up was Taylor Hawkins, the 16-year-old daughter of Amy and Pete Hawkins of Kittanning. A senior at West Shamokin High School, she plays softball and is an active 4-H member who shows steers. She is president of the Triple S 4-H Club. She is an honor student at West Shamokin and participates in the Leo Club and serves on the prom committee.
Other contenders were:
Kelsey Blose, 19, of Home, daughter of Joleen and Steve Lieb and Roger Blose Jr.
Jena Drummond, 18, of Dayton, daughter of Scott and Shelly Drummond.
Molly Kolesar, 17, of Ford City, daughter of Rhonda and George Kolesar.
Tiffany Kunselman, 18, of Mayport, daughter of Timothy and Deborah Kunselman.
Directed by master of ceremonies Matt Lasher, a radio announcer from DuBois, contestants were asked to answer the question: "If you are selected as fair queen, what would you do to promote the fair?"
Three judges decided which of the contestants gave the best answer. This year's judges were Ave Dlubak, Lori Harris and Jim Moore.
Last Sunday, the contestants went before a panel of out-of-county judges at the Fisher House in Dayton to be graded on poise and general speaking ability. Those judges were Connie Bruner, Antoinette Eyth and Vicki Enciso.
As the 2011 Dayton Fair queen, Boarts will make appearances at other fairs and agricultural events, next year's Fort Armstrong Folk Festival and the Pennsylvania State Fair. She said she is looking forward to promoting the Dayton Fair queen's motto, "From Farm Gate to the Table."