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Who will be the 2011 Miss Bureau County Fair Queen?

The Miss Bureau County Fair Queen Pageant starts at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Princeton High School Sally Skinner Council Auditorium.

Contestants are:

Mercedes Sandoval

Sandoval, 17, is of DePue. She will be a senior at DePue High School. She enjoys singing and spending time with her family. Sandoval would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “It would give me the opportunity to stand before people and step outside of myself. Although I am shy, I enjoy meeting people and not only sharing my story but learning from others as well. Each time I push myself I feel like it’s one more step to becoming the person I can and want to be. This is also a great opportunity to represent our county. This is my home, and I love it here.”

Abigail Philhower

Philhower, 17, is of Princeton. She will be a senior at Princeton High School. Philhower enjoys sketching, playing soccer, taking daily walks with her sister and dancing. Philhower would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “I have always enjoyed Bureau County. It’s my home, and I can’t imagine growing up anywhere else. I always meet new, interesting people and being the fair queen has always been a dream of mine.”

Katie Elliott

Elliott, 16, is of Princeton. Elliott will be a junior at Princeton High School. Elliott enjoys photography, sports, music, and hanging out with friends. Elliott would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “Not only would I enjoy meeting new people, but I would also like to be a part of such an amazing tradition as the Bureau County Fair.”

Kasey Haars

Haars, 17, is of Geneseo. Haars will be a senior at Geneseo High School. Haars enjoys dancing, scrapbooking, reading, showing pigs and spending time with friends and family. Haars would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “It would be a lot of fun and a great learning experience. In the future, I would like to be a physical therapist and being Miss Bureau County would help me improve my public relations skills that are needed in that field. I love talking and interacting with people, and this would give me the perfect opportunity to interact with all types of people. Being Miss Bureau County is a great honor and a big responsibility. I am willing to do what it takes to represent Bureau County as best as I can.”

Brittany Mielke

Mielke, 17, is of Geneseo. Mielke will be a senior at Geneseo High School. Mielke enjoys soccer, running, Facebook “creeping,” and hanging out with friends and family. Mielke would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “I think it would be an honor to represent the county and a fun way to learn even more about the county and area.”

Kelsey Haslam

Haslam, 18, is of Seatonville. Haslam will be a freshman at DePaul University. Haslam enjoys the violin, fishing, playing soccer, bowling, going to the races, derbies, and truck and tractor pulls. Haslam would like to Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “ I am proud to be from Bureau County. It is an inviting, friendly place to be live.

Kaylene Becker

Becker, 20, is of Ohio. Becker will be a junior at Illinois State University. Becker enjoys horseback riding, dancing, singing, musical theater, reading, learning about medicine, nursing science, cheerleading, working with children, and her work at the nursing home. Becker would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “As a former active participant in 4-H, I would love to be able to promote Bureau County and all of its wonder, especially the agricultural aspect. I would love to be a role model to all of the young boys and girls in Bureau County and be able to teach them about the opportunities that surround them.”

Julia Edington

Edington, 19, is of Ladd. Edington will be a sophomore at Illinois Valley Community College. Edington enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out with friends, listening to country music and going for runs. Edington would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “I am proud of our county, and feel I would represent it well. Part of that pride comes from the fact that I have been involved in several volunteer organizations and have seen first-hand the generous and great spirit of the citizens of Bureau County. By being fair queen, I could encourage others to get involved n their communities.”

Paige Woolley

Woolley, 18, is of Princeton. Woolley will be a freshman in college. Woolley enjoys music, running, physical fitness, history, art, math and fishing. Woolley would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “It would be a huge honor. I would love to be able to experience all that being queen has to offer. I would enjoy meeting new people and taking part in new, fun experiences. I have grown up going to the fair and watching the pageant every year. I would enjoy being able to see the fair from a different perspective.”

Laura Brummel

Brummel, 18, is of Manlius. Brummel will be a freshman at the University of Iowa. She enjoys scrapbooking scuba diving, reading, gardening, playing softball, painting and other art, and traveling. Brummel would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “I feel that I can represent Bureau County proudly with all my heart. I believe my involvement in agricultural organizations such as 4-H and FFA as well as my family farm experiences combined with my love of learning and meeting new people would make me a positive role model for agriculture across the county.”

Anastasia Norville

Norville, 17, is of Colona. Norville will be a senior at Geneseo High School. Norville enjoys softball, cheerleading, swimming, taking pictures, smiling, having a good time, helping others and volunteering. Norville would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “I’d like to do more to help the community. I’d also like to be a positive influence on all of the younger children in Bureau County and surrounding counties.”

Suzann Prushinski

Prushinski, 16, is of Princeton. Prushinski will be a junior at Princeton High School. Prushinski enjoys horse riding and art. Prushinski would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “I want to be exposed to many new opportunities throughout the fair and grow as a person.”

Tiana Maupin

Maupin, 18, is of Princeton. She is a graduate of Educators of Beauty. Maupin enjoys reading, swimming, camping and cooking out with family and cutting hair. Maupin would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “I would love the opportunity to learn more about Bureau County’s history. I would also enjoy being a part of our county’s everyday traditions.”

Grace Cook

Cook, 16, is of Henry. She will be a junior at Henry Senachwine High School. Cook enjoys tumbling, singing, dance, song writing, guitar, photography, shopping and social networking. Cook would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “I enjoy meeting and being around people and trying new things.”

Ariel Rose

Rose, 20, is of Princeton. She is in her second year at Illinois Valley Community College. Rose enjoys singing, dance, acting and music. Rose would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “I want to show others with disabilities that they can do something important and not let anyone stop them from doing so.”

Hannah Sheley

Sheley, 17, is of Geneseo. Sheley will be a senior at Geneseo High School. Sheley enjoys tumbling, sketching and shopping. Sheley would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because “I’ve always loved the fair, and being the fair queen would give me the opportunity to be more involved in the fair and to meet more people.”

Shayce Spencer

Spencer, 18, is of Princeton. Spencer is a freshman at Illinois Valley Community College. Spencer enjoys reading and texting. Spencer would like to be Miss Bureau County Fair Queen because she would “like to have fun and be a positive influence on Bureau County.”

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