As the queen’s crown was placed upon Emily Allegar’s head Wednesday evening, her bright coral evening gown shimmered under the show lights and the 140th Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair officially commenced.
Allegar, of State College, was chosen as the 2014 Grange Fair queen after being judged on her performance in an individual interview with judges, a written essay, her speech to the fair crowd and an evening gown competition. The competition ended with an on-the-spot question and answer portion, which is a new addition this year.
“It just felt so great because you hear about people running multiple times, but running once and winning was amazing,” Allegar said. “Not that the other girls didn’t do a great job because they were all phenomenal. I was proud to be winner, but they all did an amazing job.”
Last year’s queen, Madison Kauffman, shed a few tears as she bid farewell to her duties as Grange queen and thanked her family and friends who supported her along the way. However, a smile shone through as she hugged Allegar and officially handed down the title.
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Mary Beth Allegar, Emily’s mother, was also full of smiles and pride as she watched her daughter pose for pictures in her new sash and crown.
“I’m very excited and happy for her,” Mary Beth Allegar said. “She has developed a lot of very deep friendships at this fair. There’s an opportunity here and I know she’s really excited to advocate and invite the public to come out and find a way to participate in this great Grange Fair.”
This year’s other contestants included Halee Wasson, of State College, Makayla Dreibelbis, of Centre Hall, Nikaelin Pacella and Carly Wojtaszek, of Bellefonte, and Alissa Woomer, of Howard.
As the winner of the competition, Allegar received $500 from the Grange Fair, $100 from the Milesburg Lions Club and a cosmetic basket with other goods worth about $300.
Wasson, the runner-up, received $300 from the Grange Fair and $75 from the Lions Club. All other contestants were given $100 for participating.
In January, Allegar will go on to compete in the state competition at Hershey as the Centre County representative.
“I’m looking forward to going out and promoting Centre County agriculture and our fair because it’s the last encampment fair. It’s an amazing opportunity that people shouldn’t miss. They should come to our fair and learn what it’s all about.”