Taylor Watkins crowned Harford Fair Queen

The 2013 Harford Fair Queen Taylor Watkins (center) with members of her court, Alternate Queen Erica Reeves, at left, and Lydia Watkins, right, are shown following the crowning ceremony held Monday evening, Aug. 19 in the Shade Pavilion on the fairgrounds.

The 2013 Harford Fair Queen Taylor Watkins (center) with members of her court, Alternate Queen Erica Reeves, at left, and Lydia Watkins, right, are shown following the crowning ceremony held Monday evening, Aug. 19 in the Shade Pavilion on the fairgrounds.

BY HELEN B. FOSTER
Correspondent

Taylor Watkins, a 17 year old senior at Elk Lake High School, was crowned the 2013 Harford Fair Queen on Monday evening, August 19.

She is the daughter of Donny and Sharon Watkins.

Erica Reeves, also 17 and a senior at Montrose High School was crowned Alternate Queen. She is the daughter of Craig and Lisa Reeves.

Lydia Watkins, the 19 year old sister of newly crowned queen Taylor, and a sophomore at Misericordia University was also a contestant.

The new queen was crowned by the 2012 Queen Rachael Grosvenor and presented a monetary gift from Ed Price acting on behalf of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association.

All three contestants for the 2013 Fair Queen crown had little trouble telling those gathered in the Shade Pavilion early Monday evening of fair week why they and others should come to their fair. This speech is a requirement for the judging.

The three young ladies are no strangers to the fair and expressed their love of the annual event. The contestants were adamant about all the good things you see, eat and just enjoy at the Harford Fair.

Taylor spoke of how proud she was over the years when her school work was displayed in the School Building.

“All of you sitting here is what makes the fair so great,” she said. “Everyone treats you like family, even people who don’t know you,” she added.

Lydia said the Harford Fair is not just any old county fair as it has been going for 156 years because of the people who are responsible for keeping the fair going. They are always together, working to make it family oriented.

Erica said attending the fair was an education in agriculture while being in a safe environment and making great memories of your own.

The 2012 Harford Fair Queen Rachael Grosvenor gave her farewell speech prior to crowning the new queen. Rachael spoke of her experiences attending events throughout the week. “I would not trade a single moment of my week at the fair in 2012”, she said.

Rachael placed fifth at the State Fair where she was competing against 60 other Fair Queens from around Pennsylvania.

She was presented a gift from the “Queen Moms,” Ginny Beeman and Debbie Chidester.

Jason Miller served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

Others acknowledged for their participation in the Queen Contest were: JDE Hair Design; Craige’s Photique; Forever Bouquets by Judy; Stitches From Above (embroidered T-shirts); and Brad Grosvenor as escort.