The 2010 queen explains the pageant’s format: It begins “with the presentation of all contestants. Second will be the business wear portion, where each contestant will give a short autobiographical speech about herself. Next is the formal wear portion, where each contestant will be asked a random question on stage. Then, finally, the 2014 Franklin County 4-H Fair queen and her court will be crowned.”
The speech “is the greatest challenge for all of the contestants. Most other county queen pageants don’t require a speech. I feel that it’s great practice for the girls because our queen and her court will be expected to give speeches at the grandstands every night of the fair. Also, public speaking skills are one thing that these girls will be able to benefit from for the rest of their lives.”
The queen and her court are expected to be at the fair every day and attend all events. “They are going to have some long days and will end up being completely exhausted by the end of fair week, but it will be one week they they won’t forget. The girls will also be able to be seen at other community events throughout the year.”
Dawn Derenski, first runner-up in 2006, will be the emcee. “The Franklin County 4-H Fair princess and Miss Personality will be crowned during the first intermission. This is a very simple, but fun pageant for girls in Mini 4-H .... (They) will have a three-minute interview with judges and then will also get to walk across the stage .... (when) a short biography will be read about them.” Students from Vicki’s Dixon Dance Studios will also be performing during the costume changes.
Schwab believes Miss Franklin County “should be a confident, involved role model for the youth of the community. For the next year she will be the face of Franklin County and should be a prime example of what this community is all about.