Each year fair-goers flock to the Hancock County Fair at the fairgrounds in Hawesville to watch the various beauty pageants. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic starting in January of 2020, last year’s fair did not take place. For that reason, the Hancock County community eagerly anticipates this year’s fair that starts on August 4.
The fair queen contest takes place on Thursday, August 5 starting at 8 p.m. on the pavilion stage.
To qualify, a young lady must be between the ages of 16 and 21, and having turned 16 by January 1, 2021. The contestant must be single, never been married, never had a marriage annulled and never had children.
Contestants must preregister before Tuesday, august 3, 2021, and past first place winners are not eligible for the contest. Chairpersons for the event are Aimee Lyday and Angie Curry. Registration forms are on the Fair Board’s Facebook page.
Contestants must participate in the mandatory pageant rehearsal to compete in the pageant. The rehearsal takes place on Tuesday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
Contestants must compete in a formal or party dress, and also in casual attire. Judging criteria include an interview, the contestant’s poise, speaking voice, carriage, health and scholastic achievements. The fair queen winner’s duties include judging the doll, hobo and bubble gum contests on the Saturday of the fair.
In addition, the Miss Teen Hancock County contest takes place on the same night, but starts at 7:30 p.m. at the pavilion. Registration requirements are mostly the same as the fair queen rules, with these differences. The age range for contests is ages 13 to 15, and the mandatory rehearsal takes place at 6 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
The contestants compete in a formal or party dress. The judging categories are the same except Miss Teen contestants are judged on personality, not scholastic achievements. The winner also helps judge the doll, hobo and bubble gum contests on Saturday.
By Ralph Dickerson