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Martens hails from Orion. She is studying ag communications at the University of Illinois.

January 28, 2013

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Amelia Martens, Miss Rock Island County Fair Queen, was crowned Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Sunday by retiring 2012 Queen Brittani Schisler.

Martens, the daughter of Patrick and Annette Martens of Orion, is a student at the University of Illinois majoring in agricultural communications. As the new Miss Illinois County Fair Queen, she will be the official hostess at both the Illinois State Fair and Du Quoin State Fair.

Seventy queens vied for the title this year. Miss Jersey County Fair, Diane Murray of Jerseyville, was named first runner-up. The judges selected Kristin One of Vernon Hills, Miss Lake County Fair, as second runner-up.

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Other top finalists were: Miss Stark County Fair, Jozie Allen of Wyoming; Miss Georgetown County Fair, Hayley Lockwood of Catlin; Miss Mercer County Fair, Emily Mills of Milan; Miss Marion County Fair, Ashton Burroughs of Iuka; Miss Henry County Fair, Kaci Storm of Geneseo; Miss Moultrie-Douglas County Fair, Kayce Patton of Tuscola; Miss Perry County Fair, Alyssa Reinhardt of Murphysboro; Miss Okawville Fair, Lexey Deterding of Okawville; Miss Macon County Fair, Allison Mowry of Decatur; Miss Sangamon County Fair, Natalie Foss of Springfield; Miss Logan County, Danielle Juilfs of Lincoln; and Miss Menard County Fair, Kristin Sidwell of Oakford.

Non-finalist competition awards were presented to Miss Marshall-Putnam County Fair, Kaitlyn Doyle of Henry, for best non-finalist in Interview Competition; Miss McHenr County Fair, Samantha Boet of Lake in the Hills, for best non-finalist in Communication Skills; Miss Iroquois County Fair, Katie Roselius of Crescent City, for best non- finalist in Stage Presence and Miss Williamson County Fair, Chandler Short of Marion, for best non-finalist in Beauty and Physique.

The Ruby Crum Memorial Award for charm and enthusiasm is presented as the Spark Plug Award. Miss Ogle County Fair, Emily Hanlin from Byron was honored with the 2013 Spark Plug Award.

The Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant was held as part of the annual convention of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. As the winner, Martens received a $1,000 scholarship from Prairie Farms and many gifts.

The 2013 Illinois State Fair runs Aug. 9-19 in Springfield and the DuQuoin State Fair Aug. 24- Sept. 3.

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