Calling all fair queens

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The Franklin County Fair is currently seeking all 43 past Fair Queens. The 103-year-old Franklin County Fair has been honored with an invitation to participate in the 225th Franklin County celebration parade Monday, Sept. 7. All past fair queens, from 1966 to the present, are being sought to represent the fair on a parade float.

Parade details and float logistics are being handled by Rachel Bryson, Fair Queen Program Chair. Bryson can be reached at brysonrachel@yahoo.com or 717-643-0010 for questions and to confirm participation.

A list of former fair queens is below and more information on the program can be found on the fair website at www.franklincountyfair.org. The fair is very proud of all its queens, which include - 1966 - Mary Ann Long, 1967 - Jean Meyers Koontz, 1968 - Faye Long, 1969 - Bertha Phillips, 1970 - Donna Forrester, 1971- Judy Offner, 1972 - Diann Weller, 1973 - Nancy Reese, 1974 - Wanda Fortna, 1975 - Bea Hissong, 1976 - Ann Herman Culbertson, 1977 - Carla Garner, 1978 - Michelle Kauffman, 1979 - Susan Tresler, 1980 - Cheryl Stuff, 1981 - Kathy Summers, 1982 - Shari Kramer, 1983 - Molly Reichard Campbell, 1984 - Debra Barnes, 1985 - Amy E. Shreiner Mata, 1986 - Tracy Ridgley, 1987 - Leslie Finnegan, 1988 - Theresa Shank, 1989 - Denise Kessler Fox, 1990 - Nicole Lebo, 1991 - Valerie Bowman, 1992 - Brandy Jo Strite, 1993 - Heather A. Carbaugh, 1994 - Michelle Varner, 1995 - Penny D. Foster, 1996 - Jacqueline Layton Hoch, 1997 - Tiffany Stahl, 1998 - Erin Goodman Martin, 1999 - Emme Mellott Rickabaugh, 2000 - Hannah Koontz, 2001 - Danielle Best, 2002 - Maria Hoover, 2003 - Ashley Eyer, 2004 - Amanda Koons, 2005 - Rachel Bryson, 2006 - Jackie Upperman, 2007 - Katy Mitchell, 2008 - Mandy Clark and 2009 - Sarah Signore. 

"We're excited that the fair is recognized as an integral part of Franklin County's history," said Robert Eckstine, president of the Franklin County Fair Board. "The 225th parade will also give us a reason to bring back dozens of our best fair ambassadors from the past 43 years. At a time when fairs all across Pennsylvania are in need of advocates, what a powerful reunion that could be."