WHITNEYVILLE — Kailyn Judlin isas the 2019 Tioga County Fair Queen and will represent the county at the state conference in January 2020.
Kailyn is the daughter of Jack and Sue Judlin of Wellsboro. She is a 2018 graduate of Wellsboro Area High School and is currently a sophomore at Penn State University where she is studying animal science with the intent to pursue veterinary school.
“I was shocked,” said Kailyn after the coronation. “This was a really good group of girls this year and I felt any of us were qualified.”
Kailyn has shown goats for the past nine years, both Boer and fainting goats. She started showing as a 4-H member and is an active member of the Grand Canyon FFA Chapter. She will have eight goats at this year’s fair.
“The fair is really important to me and I want to educate people on agriculture and get more people involved in the fair,” said Kailyn. “It’s a great community event where you can see anyone from any community and there are lots of activities that anyone can enjoy.”
Kendra Smeltz, daughter of Chad and Bobbie Jo Smeltz of Westfield, was chosen as first alternate.
Kendra, a senior at Cowanesque Valley High School in Westfield, said she was “shocked” and “happy” to be selected to the court.
She lives on her family’s fifth generation farm and will be showing a market steer and two market hogs at this year’s event. Kendra said she looks forward to attending all the events at fair.
Nina Coolidge, a senior at Wellsboro Area High School, was named second alternate and also Miss Congeniality. The daughter of Lance and Stacy Coolidge of Wellsboro, she plans to attend Penn State University to major in agricultural extension and education and become an ag teacher.
“I look forward to working with these girls,” said Nina. “It’s going to be a great week promoting the fair and meeting the public going through the fair.”
Judges Lu-Anne Antisdel, Alyssa Remley and Noelle White evaluated the six contestants on a written essay, interview with the judges, poise, personality, ability to community, a speech in front of the audience and their answer to an impromptu question: “If you were to meet with Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding to discuss county fairs, what would be your most important topic and why?”
Also competing at this year’s pageant were: Destiny Pierce, daughter of Shane and Rochelle Lee of Westfield and a senior at Cowanesque Valley High School; Catie Crowner, daughter of Jennette Moon and Chan Thompson and a sophomore at Cowanesque Valley High School; and Courtney Grimm, daughter of Lacy Miles and Kendra Miles and a junior at Cowanesque Valley High School.