HERSHEY – Rachel Duke, representing the Clearfield County Fair, was named the 2017 Pennsylvania State Fair Queen Alternate on Saturday at the Coronation Ceremony in Hershey.
Madeline McEachin from the Big Butler Fair was named the PA State Fair Queen.
A Top 5 was selected from the 60 contestants during the coronation ceremony. The Top 5 finalists were asked an impromptu question of “What do you feel are the key components to building a successful fair?”
Duke answered the question by stating Clearfield County Fair’s success is based on a wonderful community.
“My fair wouldn’t be as great as it is without the community and the people that come to my fair,” she said. “If you have a passion for agriculture and passion for supporting your community, I feel that is the greatest thing you can have going into a fair. A fair is home; it is a second home.”
Duke was then announced as the PA State Fair Queen Alternate.
As the PA State Fair Queen Alternate, she will have the opportunity to attend fairs across Pennsylvania and other state events throughout the year representing the PA State Association of County Fairs and the Department of Agriculture.
Of the competition, Duke stated: “It was an experience of a lifetime. I was honored to meet so many young women with the passion for agriculture and the fair industry.”