Mother Nature’s attempt to dampen the spirit of fairgoers was unsuccessful Tuesday night, as a large crowd gathered despite the weather for the opening events at the 2018 Henry County Fair in Cambridge.

By Tammy Wilkinson

Of The Kewanee Star Courier

 

Mother Nature’s attempt to dampen the spirit of fairgoers was unsuccessful Tuesday night, as a large crowd gathered despite the weather for the opening events at the 2018 Henry County Fair in Cambridge. 

A sudden severe storm moved through Henry County Tuesday afternoon, and did cause some delays and required a last-minute decision to relocate the 2018 Little Miss Henry County pageant from the grandstand to indoors at Cambridge High School. 

Pageant directors stuck with their plan to hold the combined Miss and Junior Miss contests on stage before the audience under the grandstand, but with a 30-minute delay.

A 20-year-old Cambridge contestant was crowned 2018 Miss Henry County Fair. 

Jamie Franck, was selected during the 59th annual pageant as the new fair queen, while Kiersten Cathelyn, 17, Geneseo, was named first runner-up and Avery Burgeson, 20, Cambridge, was second runner-up. 

Franck was one of 13 young women competing in this year’s event. She is the daughter of Robert and Julie Franck of Cambridge. 

Jamie is a 2016 graduate of Cambridge High School, and a 2018 graduate of Black Hawk College. 

In the fall Franck will attend Western Illinois University to major in elementary education. She is employed in the AIM program at Cambridge Grade School. Sponsoring the new queen in the event was Farmhouse Alterations. 

Four candidates received awards —  Mitrese Smith, 18, Kewanee, Miss Congeniality Award; Diana Scherer, 17, Geneseo, Photogenic Award; Kaitlyn Webster, 17, Geneseo, Emmy Vandevoorde Memorial Award; and Hanna Dodd, 19, Coal Valley, Director’s Award. 

Olivia Goodley, 12, Annawan, was crowned the 2018 Junior Miss Henry County Fair. She is the daughter of Chris and Kim Goodley. 

Addison Dykstra, 12, Geneseo, was first runner-up. She is the daughter of Curt and Sara Dykstra. Second runner-up was Miranda Reed, 11, Cambridge, the daughter of Blake and Angie Reed. 

Award winners in the Junior Miss division were Livia Dodd, 13, Coal Valley, Junior Miss Congeniality; Katlynn Jones, 14, Woodhull, Photogenic Award; Ella Jeffries, 13, Cambridge, Director’s Award; Emma Dodge, 12, Geneseo, Junior Miss Emmy Vandevoorde Memorial Award; and Kenadi Sovey, 12, Cambridge, was named the highest ticket seller. 

Nineteen competed in the Junior Miss division for girls 12- to 14- years-old. 

Faith Kuster, 7, Geneseo, is the 2018 Little Miss Henry County Fair. She is the daughter of Chris and DeeAnn Kuster. 

Jaela Valdez, 6, Atkinson, was the first runner-up. She is the daughter, of Michael Minneart and Jenny Brieser. Second runner-up was Suzie Neumann, 7, Geneseo, daughter of Corey and Ann Neumann. 

Little Miss Henry County awards went to Charlie Vandersnick, 6, Atkinson, Little Miss Congeniality; Charley Courson, 7, Geneseo, Photogenic Award; Ashlynn Chamberlain, 7, Geneseo, Director’s Award; Noelle Ames, 5, Cambridge, Little Miss Emmy Vandevoorde Memorial Award; and Savanna DeSplinter, 5, Geneseo, second highest ticket seller. 

There were 24 youngsters in the Little Miss pageant for the 5- to 7- year-olds.  

The new fair queen and her court will be on hand to help with the ongoing events throughout the fair as part of their new duties. The 159th Henry County Fair continues daily through Sunday, June 24. 

For the Fair’s schedule of events, check their website — henrycountyfairil.com.