The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 17, 2013

Beaver Community Fair prompting lots of smiles this week

By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item

BEAVERTOWN — More than 150 people gathered around the Beaver Community Fair center stage Monday night to applaud for 16-year-old Abagail Stroup, of Kreamer, who was named the 2013 Fair Queen.
Stroup, surrounded by family after she got offstage, was proud to accept the honor and was looking forward to a year of having fun while meeting new people and promoting agriculture. “I want to show how agriculture can survive in this ever changing world,” she said.
Stroup said it was her mother who suggested she try for the crown.
“She thought it would be a good thing for me to do,” Stroup said. “A once in a lifetime experience. I believe it will be that.”
And that was the advice given to her by departing queen Jeanette Blank, of Middleburg. “I told her to just enjoy herself, she’s going to meet so many people, go to so many little fairs, festivals, carnivals. I’ve had a great year as queen. Now it’s time to let someone else carry on the tradition.” 
Blank, a Penn State University graduate, said her most enjoyable moments over the past year have been meeting kids. “Little girls, when they see me come to their parties wearing a tiara, think it’s so cool.”
The naming of the queen happened amid thousands of people at the fair, riding the Ferris wheel, playing games, eating food cooked up by hundreds of vendors.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said a smiling 12-year-old Bernice Watson, of Middleburg, whose father bought her a stick of fudge dipped bacon.
Brian Watson, her father, said, “I couldn’t resist coming to the fair tonight. The weather is perfect. The air is crisp, if not cold, and everyone seems to be having a good time. I’m here for the four-by-four truck pulls.”
Today’s top events include:
- A sheep show (1 p.m.)
- ATV pulls (6:30 p.m.)
- Hay bale throwing contest (8 p.m.)
The fair, now in its 85th year, runs through the week and concludes Saturday. 
Admission is $3 a person, with children under five getting in for free.
For more information, go to www.beaverfair.org.