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Once Again, Great Allentown Fair Queen Is a Cedar Crest College Student
For the second year in a row, a Cedar Crest College student has claimed the title of Great Allentown Fair Queen. Sophomore nursing student Stephanie Baunach will wear the crown in 2010, succeeding junior elementary education major Katey Dauble.
Baunach’s written essay and interview about the importance of the fair and local agriculture were judged best among the four finalists last Saturday at the Scottish Rite Center in Allentown, and she is now the key spokesperson for both until her term expires in one year. She began her reign by cutting the ribbon to officially open the fair on Tuesday, August 31, and she will welcome visitors and perform her duties through the end of the event on Monday, Sept. 6.
The Cedar Crest fair queens came by their appreciation for agriculture in vastly different ways. Whereas Dauble is an Allentown city girl who has spent the last couple of years selling produce at the Allentown Fairground Farmers Market, Baunach is no stranger to life on a farm. Her stepfather’s family owns and operates Buzzing Acres Farm in her hometown of Coopersburg, and she has been feeding chickens and performing other chores there since she was 11.
Like Dauble, Baunach can remember going to the Great Allentown Fair as a little girl and making lasting memories. It was a like a dream come true for Baunach when Dauble—a friend and fellow Cedar Crest College cheer team member—crowned her at the end of this year’s competition.
“At first, I couldn’t believe that I had won. I was like, ‘oh my gosh, really?’ All the contestants were really amazing, and some were really into agriculture,” Baunach said. “The fair brings the community and families together. My mom would bring me to the Allentown Fair as a child, and I met a cow there for the first time. I also remember singing in front of the public for the first time there.”
Agriculture has certainly played a major role in the woman Baunach has become.
“Agriculture is an amazing thing. There’s definitely some science to it—for example, you need to switch up when you plant crops to keep from draining all the nutrients from the soil. The technology all around you is so complex, but it’s really kind of peaceful in a way. It teaches you discipline and responsibility, which I think is important,” she said.
Baunach credits Dauble with giving her the sage advice to “just be yourself” during the Great Allentown Fair Queen competition. She also credits the College with helping her to realize this dream.
“Cedar Crest helps us so much to forge leadership. Every class I’ve ever had tells us to stand up for ourselves and our opinions—to basically be leaders in our lives,” she said.
In addition to her role at the 158th Annual Great Allentown Fair, the fair queen is expected to visit schools, Grange Fairs, and other events throughout her term. Baunach has also earned a $1,000 academic scholarship from Lehigh-Northampton Pomona Grange #68, and a chance to vie for the title of Pennsylvania Fair Queen at a statewide competition in Hershey during January.