IONIA FREE FAIR: Queen Pageant to Be Held July 13th

Only three contestants have participated this year, a first for the Ionia Free Fair pageant.

On Thursday, July 13, the Free Fair officially opens. That evening, at 7 o’clock at the Bud Light E! Park, a new queen will be crowned.

The three competitors are Caitlin McGuire, Ava Perry, and Lilly Reams, therefore all three young ladies will receive scholarships from Independent Bank; the $250, $500, or $750 rewards will only depend on who wins.

The three contenders all attended Ionia High School and are acquainted, according to Free Fair Board member Karlee Bailey. Two grads this year and one in the following. They appear to be a nice group of girls, and we are forward to working with them.

We actually just went through all the specifics of what they can anticipate in terms of what becoming a queen entails in a meeting last night with our candidates. It will be chaotic but a lot of fun throughout the ten days of the fair. Along the way, they will pick up new skills and meet some new pals.

Ionia Free Fair Queen Pageant Judges Named

John Milewski, Sandra Pearson, and Kelbie Wilson will serve as the pageant’s judges.

Bailey explained, “We just tried to acquire some different people that we haven’t had previously, and we thought they would be wonderful possibilities for it. “We thought they would be really great judges,” said Sandy Pearson. “Sandy Pearson does a lot for her community in Portland as well. John Milewski is someone who appreciates the fair and the community itself.”

It happens to fall on my anniversary, so I had to get the wife’s approval, Milewski said in jest.

Choosing one of only three contenders as the best young lady would be a challenging challenge for the judges.

β€œIn a queen, we are looking for someone who is going to be able to represent the fair, someone who appreciates the fair and their community and who is willing to put in the time and effort to show off their love for the fair,” Bailey said. β€œRespectable people, I guess.”

β€œI would say it’s somebody who represents the essence of Ionia County, who can capture our rural nature but also our populous areas, and somebody who understands the importance of representing the county in the best possible light,” Milewski added. β€œThe pageant is a wonderful part of the fair, and an opportunity to participate in that was something I really couldn’t turn down.”

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