Miss Fayette County Fair Queen Sierah Ruffner will compete, along with 73 other contestants from throughout the state, at the 56th annual Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant during the IAAF Convention this Thursday through Sunday at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.
Ruffner is the 20-year-old daughter of Tim and Mandy Worker of Vandalia, and Jesse and Michelle Ruffner of Mason. She is attending Greenville College, pursuing a degree in business management.
Instructions will be given for the weekend during the official roll call time on Thursday at 1 p.m.
Friday is 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 House of Representatives and Illinois Senate.
The preliminary competition is held on Saturday. Each contestant will compete in evening gown, swimsuit and a 60-second speech. Ruffner will be competing in the evening group, which begins at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Finals will be held on Sunday. All 74 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 2015 will be crowned following this competition.
Anyone who would like to send Ruffner a card wishing her good luck may send it to 2808 Spring Drive, Vandalia, Ill. 62471
Photo submitted by Diekemper Photography, Vandalia.