Crowning of a new fair queen


2018 royalty to be selected Friday night as part of 130th celebration


A new Gillespie County Fair Queen and her court will be crowned on Friday night as part of the 130th Gillespie County Fair.

Eight girls are vying for the title of 2019 Gillespie County Fair Queen.

The pageant to crown the new queen and duchesses gets underway at 7 p.m. on Friday night in front of the grandstand at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Contestants and their parents include:

• Piper Carroll, daughter of Ginger and Steven Burow.

• Triniti Chenault, daughter of Angela and Marcus Compton.

• Emma Cop, daughter of Todd Cop and Keely and Andy Corona.

• Landry Dartez, daughter of Peter and Darlene Dartez.

• Kayla Driver, daughter of Jana and Ricky Froehlich.

• Katelyn Meurer, daughter of Will Meurer.

• Shelby Pitts, daughter of Marissa Pitts and Chris Bertelson.

• Whitney Spaeth, daughter of Shawn and Brenda Spaeth.

Serving as master of ceremonies for the pageant will be Leland Geistweidt.

The reigning Gillespie County Fair Queen is Haley Merz, daughter of Dennis and Andrea Merz.

Outgoing duchesses are Kamryn Manley, daughter of Cody and Kristal Peese; Emma Travland, daughter of Karen Travland, and Emma Pehl, daughter of Brian and Hally Pehl.

The fair this year is dedicated to honorary lifetime director Leon (Butch) Welgehausen.

Also honored are longtime volunteers Harvey Ellebracht and Clifford and Lynette Kuhlmann.

Along with the pageant on Friday night, the contestants will be riding in the parade on Friday morning on a float provided by Security State Bank and Trust.

Personal interviews with a panel of out-of-town judges will take place during the afternoon.

The queen’s contest is just one of the many highlights of the 130th Gillespie County Fair, which is sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.

In preparation for the queen’s contest, a rehearsal will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow night, Thursday, at the fair grounds.

At least one parent is asked to attend the rehearsal.