BELVIDERE – The deadline to enter the Queen Pageant for the title of 2015 Miss Boone County Fair is Tuesday, May 12 when an informational meeting will be held at the Community Grange Hall, 8791 Rt. 76 at 6:30 p.m.  The Grange Hall is at the main entrance to the fairgrounds.

The Queen Pageant takes place at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11 on the grandstand stage. Queen contestants need to be between the ages of 16-21 (not reaching the age of 22 before Jan. 1 2016).

The newly crowned Queen will receive a $1,000 scholarship and the right to represent Boone County at the Illinois State Fair Queen Pageant in January 2016.

The 1st runner-up receives $400, and the second runner-up receives $200.

The theme for this year’s pageant is “Unmask the Queen.”

“The Pageant will have a Mardi Gras flavor to it this year,” said Sharyn Geske, Pageant Director. “We strive to put on an entertaining show every year and Steve Summers and Shannon Zimmerman, DJ’s from the Q98.5 radio station do a great job as emcees,” Geske added.

There are song and dance numbers, evening gown and swimsuit competition, and a ‘Little Miss’ competition for girls 6 to 9 years of age. Twenty “Little Miss’ contestants are already signed up for the 2015 fair pageant according to Geske.

 “It’s a great two-hour show for the whole family,” added Geske, “and its free admission to the grandstand.”

Ms. Clairissa Lein of Belvidere is the 2014 Miss Boone County Fair Queen and will be giving up the crown in August. Miss Kenzi Lusz also of Belvidere is the 2014 “Little Miss” winner.

For more information or an application contact:

The Boone County Fair runs from Tuesday, Aug.11 through Sunday, Aug. 16. For more information about the fair go to or call (815) 544-2900 any Monday or Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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