In the first pageant in 15 years, a new Shelby County Fair Queen was crowned Sunday night at the Shelby Christian Church.
Kassandra Strowmatt of Windsor was crowned as the first queen in the revival of the contest.
Also competing for the title were Carissa Jennings of Shelbyville, Audrey Hoene of Sigel, Jenny Bullock of Windsor and Baylee Quast of Strasburg.
The five girls competed for the title in personal interviews with judges, physical fitness/swimsuit, speech, and evening gown events.
Strowmatt is the daughter of Cliff and Kim Strowmatt and is a sophomore at Lake Land College majoring in Early Childhood education. She plans to transfer to Eastern Illinois University to complete that degree.
Baylee Quast of Strasburg was named First Runner Up and voted as People’s Choice. People Choice was determined by the monetary votes received prior to the contest. Donations will go toward the expenses of the pageant.
Lainee Turner of Strasburg was crowned Jr. Miss Shelby County Fair Queen Sunday evening in the first ever pageant for the younger age group.
Turner is the daughter of Brooke and Brad Verdeyen and Ryan and Linda Turner. First Runner Up and People’s Choice winner was Hannah Steffen of Moweaqua.
Also competing in the Jr. Miss contest were Alaina Burgener of Moweaqua and Jazmyne Allen of Shelbyville.
Jr. Miss contestants were judged on casual wear, party dress, personal introduction, and a “pop” word response.
Crowning both the Jr. Miss and Miss Shelby County Fair queens was 2014 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Summer Robbins.
Nineteen other area queens, Jr. Miss queens, and Little Miss queens visited the pageant and congratulated the newly crowned queens.
“The whole went very well,” said Sara Long, one of the pageant organizers. “The judges were very pleased with everything. They said they though the Shelby Christian Church was an awesome facility. We thank the church for allowing us to hold the pageant there.”