Greencastle teen crowned fair queen for third county title

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Brittany Newlin of Greencastle has served the Franklin County Fair as the Little Miss and the Princess during her youth. The 17-year-old completed the triple play by winning the top crown.

Though it was the realization of a dream, being crowned Franklin County Fair Queen was still a “surreal” experience for Brittany Newlin.

The Greencastle-Antrim High School senior was crowned Monday night on the grounds of the Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club. Brittany’s court included alternate Shea Fisher, 17, Shippensburg, and Mindy Hooven, 20, Fayetteville.

Two other girls earned titles as well. Megan Markley, 10, Greencastle, was named Franklin County Fair Little Miss, and Autumn Shatzer, 11, Marion, became Franklin County Fair Princess. Brittany, 17, had won both of those titles - Little Miss in 2004 and Princess in 2008.

“I always knew I wanted to become queen,” said Brittany, “but I still can’t describe how it felt to win. There was a rush of emotions.”

She will spend the balance of the week attending many events at the fair along with the other contestants. They have already become great friends, she said.

Brittany will also appear in numerous functions for the next year.

“I’m looking super forward to making my family and Franklin County proud,” she added.

The daughter of William and Holly Newlin, Brittany lives on the family beef farm on Statler Road, operated in a partnership with her grandfather. The Newlins have been involved with the fair for many years, and Holly used to show 4-H beef cattle.

During the pageant, Brittany responded to the question “Why should you come to my fair?”

She invited people to support the fair, which would encourage the many youth who participated in it. Their attendance would also support Franklin County agriculture.

“It’s survival is necessary for ours,” she stated. “The fair is as much yours as mine.”

Brittany is active at school and in the community. She is a cheerleader, in Peer Leaders, Student Council, National Honor Society, and is a volunteer cheerleading coach for the Greencastle-Antrim Midget Football Association. She also babysits.