Local fair queens perform well in State Pageant

SPRINGFIELD — Clinton County Fair Queen Meredith Timmons and Marion County Fair Queen Morgan Belcher were among the 15 finalists in the 56th annual Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs State Queen Pageant held over the weekend at the Crown Plaza Convention Center in Springfield, with Timmons being named a runner-up.

Competing against 73 other county fair queens in Illinois during the four-day pageant, Timmons and Belcher were selected for the finals competition on Sunday evening, which concluded the pageant.

Crowned 2015 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen was Sadie Gassman of Richland County. Gassman will have the honor of reigning over the Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair in 2015.

First runner-up was Brianna Klein of Morgan County. Second runner-up was Henry County representative Maggie Schlindwein. Maria Meyer of Moultrie-Douglas County was named third runner-up, and Timmons was awarded fourth runner-up.