HARRISBURG – Melanie K. Swartz, 2011 Clearfield County Fair Queen will be traveling to Hershey to take part in 26th Annual Pennsylvania State Fair Queen Competition held during the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs Convention. The contest began on Jan. 19 and concludes with the queen’s coronation on the evening of Jan. 21. Melanie is the 20-year-old daughter of Frank & MaryAnn Swartz of Ginter, PA.
2012 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs. The PSACF consists of one-hundred and fourteen agricultural fairs, associations or societies across the commonwealth with a focal point on education and showcasing agriculture, horticulture, tourism and more. Over five and one-half million fairgoers attend Pennsylvania fairs each year.
Since being crowned the 2011 Clearfield County Fair Queen on July 31, Swartz has been busy preparing for the state competition. Over the past five months, Swartz has represented the Clearfield County Fair at several events and has hosted fundraising endeavors on behalf of the Clearfield County Fair “Queens for a Cause” charity, which donates money to the Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities.
While participating in the 2012 Pennsylvania State Fair Queen Contest, Swartz will be judged in four different categories. First, a 300 word essay written on the topic “What My Fair Means To My Community,” was previously submitted for judging in November. The essay is judged on content, grammar, and spelling and accounts for 15 percent of the total score. Thirty five percent of the overall score comes from the personal interview with all three judges. During the interview, the judges look at the queen’s conversational ability, her answers to questions, appearance & poise, activities, and overall knowledge of the fair industry. Third, a 3 to 5 minute persuasive speech on the topic “Why You Should Come To My Fair,” will be judged on speech content, which is to include agriculture, speech format, conveying a message, public speaking ability, and poise and presence. The speech accounts for 30% of the total score. Finally, in the evening gown portion of the contest, a 15 to 20 second personal introduction is given by each queen The evening gown portion is conducted on stage to close to 1,000 individuals including all three judges’ and the judging criteria consists of content, stage presence, and overall appearance. The evening gown portion accounts for 20 percent of the overall score.
The Clearfield County Fair & Park Board, as well as the Clearfield County Fair Queen Committee wishes Melanie the very best of luck during the competition and is very proud to have her representing our fair.