By Megan Myers
Sydney Kreuger had been preparing for the Lincoln County Fair Queen Pageant for months. What Kreuger hadn’t prepared for, however, was the moment she actually heard her name called as the new queen.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all,” she recalled. “I thought I would be the last one to get it.”
But the admittedly shy Silex teen had what it took to win over the panel of four judges July 8 at the Bonfils auditorium in Troy.
There were 13 contestants in this year’s pageant. First-runner up was In the first half of the show, each woman performed a speech or talent before the judges, which ranged from a sign language performance by Laura Reid to a first aid demonstration by Nicole Bennett.
Kreuger conquered her stage fright to recite a rhyming speech about the fair, which was a spin-off of “Oh, the Places You Will Go.”
“It was the first speech I’d ever done in front of a crowd,” Kreuger said, adding that she had plenty of encouragement from the other contestants. “The other girls that ran were so supportive of me with it.”
Following the speech and talent portion, the ladies then competed in the evening gown competition, when the final five contestants were announced.
The finalists this year were Kreuger, Laura Reid, Brianna Rhodes, Morgan Gremminger, and Sara Rutherford.
Kreuger won the award for best speech, and was also the winner of the Miss Congeniality award.
The award for best evening gown went to Laura Reid, and Brianna Rhodes was voted most photogenic.
After the pool of contestants was narrowed down, the girls each had to answer an on-stage interview question regarding what they would like to see added to the fair.
Kreuger was quick on her feet, responding that she would like to increase the age limit for livestock exhibitors. A longtime hog exhibitor at the fair, she said she want to make the shows more “inclusive.”
Despite the initial shock, she said becoming Fair Queen was a dream come true. “I like that it gives you the opportunity to be involved with all aspects of the fair.” Kreuger added that as Queen, she hopes to be a good role model to other young girls in Lincoln County. “The Fair Queen Is a very strong leader, very involved and positive,” she said.