(UNDATED) – The Lawrence County Fair Board and Queen Committee announced a modified Lawrence County Fair Queen pageant for the 2020 Lawrence County 4-H Fair.
This year, with all the days of home quarantine and social distancing, officials announced they are having a Queen pageant only.
The Queen will have a court consisting of a 1st Runner-up, 2nd Runner-up, and Miss Congeniality.
The entry deadline is June 16. Only the first 15 entries will be accepted. Each contestant will have an entry fee of $25. Make checks payable to Lawrence County Fair Board. Email the application to Nancy Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first pageant meeting will be June 14 at 3 p.m. at the Expo Hall, Lawrence County Fairgrounds. Bring your entry fee to the meeting. Meetings are not mandatory but highly encouraged. All contestants must attend the full dress rehearsal held on June 26. The time will be announced at a later date.
The Queen and Court will receive scholarships, sashes, and crowns, while Miss Congeniality receives a scholarship and special jewelry gift sponsored by a prominent local business.
The Queen and Court will serve at the 2020 Lawrence County Fair events and appear in parades as they happen in the Lawrence County and surrounding areas, while also attending some social charitable events.
The pageant will be conducted following the guidelines of the Indiana State Fair pageant.
The pageant includes private interviews with the judges, modeling business wear, giving a one-minute speech on the subject of their choice, as well as the formal wear category.
The Queen contest will be held on June 27.
The contest will not be open to any public viewing per COVID-19 guidelines. But, officials hope to make it available for viewing via their Facebook page.
The following was posted on their Facebook page:
It is with great sadness that we will not be sponsoring our escorts this year nor having the Princess pageant and apologize to any and all who are disappointed due to this change. We, the Fair Board, feel this is the best way to approach the still uncertain future release for larger groups gathering in the state of Indiana. It is fully expected and intended to be reinstated for the 2021 Lawrence County Fair. Please contact young women, 18 to 22 years of age (on or before June 1st), who are residents of Lawrence County and the state of Indiana, encouraging them to take part in this event.
If you have any questions, contact Nancy Duncan at 812-278-4133.