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Allentown Fair Queen Contest

The Great Allentown Fair is currently accepting entry forms for the Great Allentown Fair Queen contest. The Fair Queen winner serves throughout the year as The Great Allentown Fair’s goodwill ambassador encouraging the promotion of the Fair, educating the public on the agricultural industry and fostering a greater community awareness and understanding of both. A $1,000.00 Scholarship will be awarded to the winner.

Competition Structure

The phases of competition to be held on Sunday, August 13, 2017 include:

Personal Interview—Each contestant will have a private 15-minute interview with the judging panel utilizing bio¬graphical information and other questions pertaining to the Fair and agricultural industry. Contestants will be judged on their conversational ability, answers to questions, appearance/poise, activities and knowledge of the fair industry.

Evening Gown/Introduction—This segment is conducted on stage, in front of an audience and the judging panel. Each contestant makes a personal introduction to the audience, similar to that which a Fair Queen would give when visiting a fair or other public event. The contestant has approximately 30 seconds to make this introduction. Judging criteria will include content, stage presence and appearance.

Speech Presentation—Each contestant will present an onstage speech on the topic “Why You Should Come to The Great Allentown Fair.” The speech must be 3-5 minutes in length and will be timed. This should be a persuasive speech suitable for an adult audience. Props that enhance this speech are permitted but not required. Contestants will be judged on the effectiveness of their public speaking skills, not on “entertainment.” Overhead projectors or Powerpoint presentations are not permitted. Contestants will be judged on their speech content (to include agriculture), speech format, ability to convey a message, public speaking ability and poise/presence.

Impromptu Question—Each contestant will be required to answer the same impromptu question in front of the judges and audience.

Contest Rules

Each Fair Queen contestant must:

  1. Be a female who is a U.S. citizen and a resident of Lehigh, Northampton or Berks counties in the state of Pennsylvania.
  2. Be at least age 16, but no older than 20 years of age as of June 1 of the year entering the local contest.
  3. Have not been a local Fair Queen winner, nor a former State Queen contestant.
  4. Not hold any other title for any other commodity, group or pageant.
  5. Have her parent(s) or guardian(s) consent to enter competition.
  6. Be single, have never been married, have not been pregnant nor given birth to a child.
  7. Act in accordance with the PA Fair Queen “Behavior Policy”
  8. Meet all time commitments, Queen obligations and “Dress Code” as set forth by the PA Fair Queen Program.

Fair Queen Obligations

  1. The winner will reign for one year.
  2. She must be available to attend various functions during the 2017 Great Allentown Fair deemed necessary by The Great Allentown Fair officials.
  3. She must attend and participate in other civic activities and functions throughout her reign as deemed necessary by The Great Allentown Fair officials.
  4. The Allentown Fair Queen must attend and participate in the PA State Fair Queen Contest to be held in Hershey, PA in January 2018, at the expense of the Allentown Fair Association. (The Fair Association will supply a chaperone if needed).
  5. She must attend the crowning of the 2018 Allentown Fair Queen.

Dates to Remember

Application Due - June 30

Completed Pageant application forms and essays are due to the Great Allentown Fair office by June 30. Typed applications, only, are accepted. Applications and essays can be emailed. Please see below for the application form as well as the Allentown Fair Office address.

Informational Meeting - Sunday, July 9 at 4 p.m. - Mandatory Attendance

An informational mandatory meeting for all contestants to discuss topics which will include responsibilities of the Allentown Fair Queen and contest agenda. A promotional photograph will be taken (please dress appropriately). A parent or guardian is requested to attend with the contestant. The meeting will be held at the Fair Office located behind the Ritz Barbecue next to the Grandstand (Farmers Market) 302 N. 17th Street Allentown, PA 18104

Community Service – Saturday July 29 at 11 a.m.

Office at Fairgrounds. RSVP requested.

Contest – Sunday – August 13, 2017 at 3 p.m.

The Fair Queen Contest will be held at Christopher’s Restaurant, 1519 Greenleaf St., Allentown, PA 18102 The contest is open to the public. Dress rehearsal starts at 9 a.m. and is mandatory. Interviews will be conducted at 11:30 a.m., lunch will follow for contestants only. Contest will start at 3 p.m. and is open to the public.

Contest Entry Instructions

If you would like to enter into The Great Allentown Fair Queen contest, download and complete the Fair Queen Application Form. Once complete, email or mail the form according the information listed. If you have additional questions, please call Cheryl Urmy, Fair Queen Coordinator at 610-248-6678 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Congratulations to the 2016 Great Allentown Fair Queen Juliet Long

Juliet Long

If you would like Julie to visit your school or organization to speak about agriculture and our community please contact us.

Questions and More Information:

Cheryl Urmy
Fair Queen Coordinator
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Email Applications to:

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Send Applications via mail to:

Great Allentown Fair Office
Attention: Cheryl Urmy
302 N. 17th Street
Allentown, PA 18104

Application Form:

Great Allentown Fair Entry Form
(Typed applications only please)

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