Five contestants will compete for the title of Crawford County Fair Queen on Saturday.
Haley Jo Hess, Paige Verbanac, Sarah Colgrove, Kamala Widdowson and Lindsey Robin Lee will be judged on a personal interview, a two-minute persuasive speech, knowledge of the fair and Pennsylvania agriculture, and overall poise and personality during the competition that begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at Meadville Area Senior High School's auditorium. The event is free, and the public is welcome to attend.
The contestants will be escorted by members of the Meadville state champion volleyball team, including Charlie Waid, Tucker Watson, Paul Leech, San Svetz, Mark Conrad and Logan Gregor, pageant officials said.
There will be a raffle and a donation collected to support the queen’s trip to the state competition in Hershey in January 2020.
• Haley Jo Hess: She is the 19-year-old daughter of Joseph Hess and Jeanne Willis. A 2018 Saegertown Junior-Senior High School graduate, she attends Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Hess wants to graduate with an early childhood education degree with a minor in special education and biology. She is a Junior Fair Board member and serves on the social media committee. She has been a 4-H member for 10 years. She is an avid softball player and was a three-sport athlete in high school. She is also a dirt track enthusiast and is very interested in the farming of beef, swine and rabbits.
• Paige Riley Verbanac: Verbanac, 16, is the daughter of Dan and Megan Verbanac. She attends Cambridge Springs Junior-Senior High School and her future plans include possibly going into the military and then to college. She has shown lambs, pigs and steers in 4-H. She is active in high school sports. She especially enjoys basketball, volleyball, wrestling and softball.
• Sarah Jean Colgrove: A 2019 graduate of Cochranton Junior-Senior High School, she is the daughter of Joe and Laurie Colgrove of Cochranton. Colgrove, 19, plans to attend Northern Pennsylvania Regional College and major in early childhood education. She is active in the Cochranton Community Fair, Crawford and Venango County Fire School and volunteers at the Crawford County Care Center. She enjoys meditation and taking Chakra classes. She likes to volunteer, doing charity work, camping and hula-hooping.
• Kamala Hope Widdowson: She is the 18-year-old daughter of Bobbi Jo Widdowson of Guys Mills. She attended Maplewood Junior-Senior High School and has accepted an apprenticeship with Lifetouch Photography of Erie. She plans on opening her own photography studio in the future. Widdowson is very active in fundraising events with her cheerleading squad and has been involved in the planning of cheer camps. The proceeds from these camps have been given to the fight against breast cancer. She also helps in the local soup kitchen. Taking pictures is part of her everyday life and is one of her many passions. While in high school, she participated in varsity football and basketball cheerleading, yearbook and prom committee.
• Lindsey Robin Lee: A graduate of Conneaut Area Senior High, she is the daughter of Robin and John Burger of Conneaut Lake. Lee, 19, works at the Hairitage Beauty Salon in Meadville as a licensed cosmetologist. She also plans to work at Bethesda Lutheran Services to help people believe in themselves and further understand their personal worth. She has been a busy volunteer at the Meadville Area Teen Lounge, the color run at Conneaut Lake and also helping patients at the nursing home do their hair and nails. She enjoys photography, reading and gardening. She also loves to dance.