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For Cedar Crest student, being named Allentown Fair Queen is thrill of a lifetime
Allentown, PA (September 1, 2009)—Whether it was the amusement rides or petting the animals, Allentown native Katey Dauble recalls the absolute joy that has come with attending The Great Allentown Fair since she was a toddler.
“I’ve been going since I was two years old, and I really love the fair,” said Dauble, a sophomore elementary education major at Cedar Crest College. “I have pictures of myself at the fair throughout the years. I can literally remember how my mom would take me to the tent just to see the animals, because I didn’t get to see that where I live.”
Along with an essay and a speech she gave to judges on the importance of agriculture and The Great Allentown Fair to the community, Dauble’s unabashed enthusiasm for the fair was no doubt a big reason why she was selected Great Allentown Fair Queen on Saturday, August 29, at the Scottish Rite Center. It was a thrill of a lifetime for a young woman who never spent any time on a farm or around agriculture until a few years ago when she got a job with Bedway’s Fresh Fruit selling produce at the Allentown Fairground Farmers Market. There, she has blossomed from a self-proclaimed city slicker to an ardent supporter of the area’s agricultural community.
“To be able to promote the fair in a bigger way is a thrill for me,” she said. “Everyone at the farmers market knows me as the girl trying to sell the strawberries and cantaloupes.”
It’s no surprise that Dauble puts a great deal of enthusiasm toward her job. After all, the 19-year-old started the cheerleading team at Cedar Crest College as a freshman. She will no doubt put forward bushels of positive energy in support of The Great Allentown Fair during her year-long reign as queen.
“The fair is important to our community. It brings everyone together for a great event that has been happening for 157 years,” she said. “Younger children need to be aware that agriculture is important to our society, and as someone studying to become a teacher, I look forward to bringing this message to them.”
Dauble wore her queen’s tiara and sash with pride on the campus of Cedar Crest College Monday afternoon, and enjoyed the support and reaction she received on campus.
“In the communications class I just started this semester, the teacher allowed me to present the speech I prepared for the fair competition to the class, which really helped me,” said Dauble, who maintains a GPA over 3.0 and also plays on the volleyball team. “One of the first things they tell you about at Cedar Crest College is about the Allentown Fair. Everyone on campus has been looking at me and saying, ‘you look really nice.’ Some of them don’t know exactly what’s going on, but they’re starting to catch on. I want to do things to succeed to make my college proud.”
Dauble will be introduced at the fair’s opening ceremonies today, where she will welcome the crowd and give a short speech. After that, she’ll spend the rest of the week at the fair promoting the event, and the next year promoting the fair and agriculture to school children and the community. The fair runs from September 1-7.
Dauble will receive a $1,000 academic scholarship from Lehigh-Northampton Pomona Grange #68 and get the opportunity to vie for the title of Pennsylvania State Fair Queen in January.