Queen candidates

Madeline Emerson, Miss Bradford, is seated at the keyboard. Standing are Emma Barr of Smethport, the current queen; Celeste Austin, Miss Smethport; Corrine Wilcox, Miss Otto-Eldred; Jenny Crowley, Miss Kane; and Alliyah Penick, Miss Port Allegany.

SMETHPORT — Smethport Rotarians hosted the 2021-22 McKean County Fair Queen candidates and the reigning fair queen at a noon meeting Tuesday at Chico’s Cafe.

The McKean County Fair is the only one in Pennsylvania that selects its queen candidates from the county’s high schools. This year’s candidates are Madeline Emerson, Miss Bradford; Jenny Crowley, Miss Kane; Corrine Wilcox, Miss Otto-Eldred; Alliyah Penick, Miss Port Allegany; and Celeste Austin, Miss Smethport.

The reigning queen, Emma Barr who was Miss Smethport and finished in the top five contenders for the state fair queen title in Hershey in January, accompanied the candidates and introduced them as they presented the meeting’s program.

Celeste, who plans to major in music education in college, played a tenor saxophone solo, “Old Friends.”

Alliyah sang “Ours,” a Taylor Swift hit. She plans to major in nursing at Jamestown Community College.

For her talent, Corrine used American Sign Language as she signed “I Hope You Dance.” She plans to pursue a career in physical therapy or exercise science.

Jenny sang an Adele number, “Make You Feel My Love.” She is currently undecided about her college major, considering pilot training at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University or women’s leadership at Clemson University.

For Madeline, it was a keyboard selection, “One Hundred Years On.” She has decided to major in biology in college.

After introducing the candidates, it was Emma’s turn to take the microphone, and she sang “Part of Your World,” from the 1989 animated Disney film, “The Little Mermaid.”

Emma, who graduated earlier this year, will attend Mansfield University of Pennsylvania to major in health care.

She will relinquish her title to one of these candidates during the queen contest on Friday, August 20.

The 115th edition of the fair is August 16-21.

Rotary President Tony Alfieri announced that the club will meet weekly.

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