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Pageant Queen

McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair Queen Contest

The purpose of the Fair and Pageant Competition program is to encourage the promotion of agricultural fairs and to create better relations between youth and adults in both rural and urban settings. The McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair Queen is expected to represent the festival and fair with pride and dignity, and to exhibit the highest of principles at all times.


1. Be a female who is a U. S. citizen and a resident of Pennsylvania in one following counties: Snyder, Mifflin, Juniata, Northumberland, or Union.

2. Be at least age 16, but no older than 20 years of age as of June 1, 2023.

3. Be the certified representative from the local fair where she was crowned (for state competition).

4. Not have been a former local Fair Queen winner, nor a former State Fair Queen contestant.

5. Not hold any other title for any other commodity group or pageant.

6. Have her parent(s) or guardian(s) consent to compete in this contest and the State competition

7. Be single, have never been married, have not been pregnant nor given birth to a child.

8. And must not marry, nor get pregnant during her reign.

9. Be of good moral character (at the discretion of the Committee).

10. Be able to meet all time commitments, Queen obligations and dress code as set forth by the PA state Fair Queen Program.

11. Attend rehearsal

12. Enter at least 1 contest of your choice in the Exhibit Hall. (Shoebox Float, Pumpkin Decorating, etc.)


1. A typewritten essay entitled “What My Fair (McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair) Means to My Community” must be submitted, maximum 300 words.

2. A personal interview with a panel of three judges prior to stage competition. (business attire)

3. Poise & presentation (appearance & neatness) during the contestant introductions (business attire)

4. A 3-5 minute speech informing others “Why You Should Come To My Fair” that will be delivered to the judges and the public in attendance at the contest on Sunday, September 10, 2023 (evening gown attire)

       5. Ability to communicate & think on their feet (speaking ability) during the question & answer                    (evening gown attire) that will be delivered to the judges and the public in attendance at the contest.


1. Be on hand at all areas of the McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair to distribute ribbons, trophies, etc, as coordinated with the Pageant Committee. This responsibility begins on Sunday, September 10, 2023.

2. Represent the McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair in parades and other functions throughout the area during her reign.

3. Represent the McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair in the Pennsylvania State Fair Queen Pageant during the 2024 Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs in Hershey in January, 2024 at the expense of the McClure Bean Soup Fair Association. The winner of the state competition will be awarded a $2500 scholarship.

4. Be on hand for McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair Crowning September 2024.

All contestants will receive an individual gift. In addition, cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

Queen $500

1st Runner Up $250

One half of the cash awards will be presented at the end of the fair. The second half will be presented at the end of their reign if all responsibilities and obligations have been fulfilled throughout their reign.

August 1, 2023 is the deadline for Complete Fair Queen Entries to be submitted to:

McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair Queen Contest C/O Kate Reed 229 Connor Road, McClure, PA 17841

Complete Fair Queen Entry consists of: Google Entry Form  /  PDF Entry Form

1. Essay “What My Fair Means To My Community”

2. Completed Application

3. Paid Entry Fee ($25 non-refundable)

4. Two 4×6 photos for publicity (no copyrighted photos please)

5. One 5×7 photo for the Photogenic Contest

6. Basket for Pageant Basket Raffle (Bring to rehearsal)

7. Entry for Exhibit Hall contest (Bring entry to rehearsal)

       8. A copy of your speech “Why You Should Come To My Fair” (Bring to rehearsal)

If you have any questions, please phone Kate Reed (570) 658-7266 or email

*The exact schedule for Sunday, September 10th will be determined by the number of contestants who enter.

*Contestants will report to the backstage area of the stage, where they can set up their areas to dress, do make-up and hair, etc.

*Contestants are asked to have one person with them in this area, and must provide their own mirror(s), etc.

* Electric outlets are plentiful in the dressing room, but contestants need to bring their own extension cords.

*Interviews, with contestants in business attire, are private with only the panel of three Judges.

*Exact times for the interviews will be announced.

*Contestants will receive notification concerning scheduling for both days.

The 2022 McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair Queen will be named at the conclusion of this competition, and will assume her duties immediately.

Past Winners

2022 Whitney Gudonis

2021 Aiyana Reed

2020 No contestant

2019 Shawnna Bingaman

2018 Julia Nesbit

2017 Kaiya Reed

2016 Mahala Laub

2015 Deborah Thomas

2014 Michaela Weaver

2013 Tessa Bonson

2012 Kristijana Seler

2011 Hanna Jordan

2010 Korinne Bubb

2009 Casey Shawver

2008 Jade Gross

2007 Laken Fetterolf

2006 Trista Musser

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