Cripe crowned 2018 Fair Queen

Jirni Cripe is joined by members of the Wabash County 4-H Fair Queen's court (from left) Ava Smith, third runner-up; Alyssa McKillip, first runner up ; Haylie Miller, second runner up; and Attie Schuler, Miss Congeniality. Photo by David Brinson. 

By David Brinson

Jirni Cripe thought this year’s Miss Wabash County Pageant would just be an opportunity to prepare and improve for next year’s pageant. She didn’t dare dream she’d be the one getting her name called at the end of the night.

“I wasn’t expecting it all,” Jirni Cripe said. “I was, like, dumbfounded.”

The 2018 Wabash County 4-H Fair Queen Pageant had 24 contestants competing for the crown. Evaluated by three experienced judges, the young women must partake in a pre-show interview and a formal wear contest. Then, a Top 10 is chosen, and those contestants are asked a randomly chosen, onstage question. Ultimately, Cripe was crowned this year’s queen.

“Seeing how far away I was from being on the court (last year) and seeing myself work toward this and getting better at everything I did, that is truly something I’m thankful for,” Cripe said.

Posted on 2018 Jul 17