The IAAF Convention will be held this Thursday through Sunday at Crowne Plaza in Springfield.
At this convention, county fair officials can get ideas and book events for their 2013 fair.
A big part of this convention is the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant. Miss Fayette County Fair Queen Abigail Hill will compete for this title, along with 71 other contestants from throughout the state.
Pageant Director Kim Fitch, crew member Vicki Koonce, and hair and makeup stylists Sarah Cripe and Kari Martin from Maranatha’s will attend this year’s convention, along with many family members, fair board members, pageant crew members and friends to cheer her on.
Hill is the 19-year-old daughter of Dave and Corinna Hill of St. Elmo. She is attending Greenville College to obtain a degree in elementary education.
Instructions will be given for the weekend during the official roll call on Thursday at 1 p.m. Also at this time, official swimsuit and evening gown pictures will be taken.
Miss Illinois County Fair Queen 2012 Brittani Schisler will then host a party for all of the contestants.
Friday will be the interview day. Each contestant will have a personal interview with the five judges.
This is a big part of the competition, because the title of Miss Illinois County Fair is a job. The new queen will be an employee of the state of Illinois for the year.
She will be the hostess of both state fairs and travel throughout the entire state to other county fairs, and she will speak to the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate.
The preliminary competition is held on Saturday. Each contestant will compete in evening gown, swimsuit and a 60-second speech.
Hill will be in the afternoon session, which begins at 1 pm. The public is invited to attend.
All events are at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.
Sunday is the final day of competition. All 72 contestants will do a production number, and the top 15 finalists will be announced. This is reserved seating only.
There will be a sit-down banquet, and the top 15 finalists will compete in speech, evening gown, swimsuit and three pop questions.
Miss Illinois County Fair Queen 2013 will be announced following this competition.
Anyone who would like to send Abigail a card wishing her good luck may send it to RR 1, Box 155, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.