(SALEM) - Chelsi Casey was crowned the 2013 Washington County Fair Queen during the county's 53rd queen pagenant Monday night.
The Leader Democrat reports, 18-year-old Casey is from Pekin and surpassed eight other contestants to earn the crown.
She is a familiar face at pageants, having participated in similar events held during the Pekin Fourth, Campbellsburg Hoedown, teen pageant and the Strawberry Festival.
Casey is a 2013 graduate of Eastern High School and will attend Galen College of Nursing in Louisville to pursue a career as an RN. She will be following in the footsteps of her mother, Dodi Vick, who is also a nurse and who she identified as one of the individuals who has most influenced her life along with her step-father Troy Faulkenburg..
Casey's escort was 7-year-old Samantha Bowers, a student at Bradie Shrum Lower Elementary and the daughter of Brian and Beth Bowers.
Casey is active in 4-H, FFA, Santas for Seniors, Toys for Tots and Supplies Overseas. She also picked up the Mental Attitude Award in cheerleading, was on the A honor roll and involved with National Soil Judging, Renaissance, SADD, Pep Club, Science Club and Spanish Club.
She was sponsored by M & D Roofingand Faulkenburg Concrete.
First runner-up was Treasure Hurst, daughter of Donna Hurst, who will be a senior at Salem High School this fall. She was sponsored by Huffaker Insurance.
Her escort was 5-year-old Audrey Hickey, the daughter of Jerry and Carol Hickey and a student at Bradie Shrum Elementary School.
Elizabeth Catlin was second runner-up. She attends Salem High School and is the daughter of Chris and Debbie Catlin. Her escorts were 5-year-old Macy Lowery, the daughter of Jeremy and Brianne Lowery, and who attends YMCA preschool, and 6-year-old Lillian Thompson, the daughter of Brandon and Alicia Thompson and a student at Bradie Shrum.
Casey will preside over the local fair, then represent the county at the Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant, where an average of 88 county queens will gather.
Each contestant goes through preliminary judging in three categories: interview, professional wear and formal wear. After the preliminary judging, the top 10 finalists are announced at the public pageant on Sunday afternoon, this year scheduled for noon Sunday, Aug. 18. They are re-judged in professional wear and formal wear and are given an onstage question to answer.
The new state fair queen will reign for the next 12 months, promoting the Indiana State Fair throughout the state during the summer, traveling more than 6,500 miles and visiting an average of 35 county fairs and festivals.
The reigning Miss Indiana State Fair Queen is Mariah Huff, who now lives in Brownstown but is originally from Salem.
The Indiana State Fair runs from Aug. 2 through 18.
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