Even Mother Nature’s attempt to dampened the spirit of fairgoers on Tuesday night, June 19 failed, as a large crowd gathered despite the weather for the opening day events at the 2018 Henry County Fair in Cambridge.

Even Mother Nature’s attempt to dampened the spirit of fairgoers on Tuesday night, June 19 failed, as a large crowd gathered despite the weather for the opening day events at the 2018 Henry County Fair in Cambridge.

A sudden severe storm that moved through Henry County and the neighboring areas did, however, cause delays and required a last-minute decision to relocate the 2018 Little Miss Henry County pageant from the grandstand to indoors at the Cambridge High School at 5:30 p.m.

Later pageant directors stuck with their plan to hold the combined miss and junior miss contests on the stage before the audience under the grandstand but with a 30 minute delay, starting at 7:30 p.m.

A 20-year old Cambridge contestant was crowned the new 2018 Miss Henry County Fair.

Jamie Franck, was selected during the 59th annual pageant as the new fair queen, while Kiersten Cathelyn, 17, of Geneseo, was named first runner-up and Avery Burgeson, 20, of Cambridge, was second runner-up.

Franck was one of 13 young women competing in this year’s event. She is the daughter of Robert and Julie Franck, of Cambridge.

She is a 2016 graduate of Cambridge High School, and a 2018 graduate of Black Hawk College.

In the fall Franck will attend Western Illinois University to major in elementary education. She is employed in the AIM program at Cambridge Grade School. Sponsoring the new queen in the event was Farmhouse Alterations.

Franck is the first Cambridge woman to earn the crown since Dana Brock served as the 2011 queen.

Cathelyn will be a senior at Geneseo High School this fall and after graduation she plans on attending a four-year university to major in biology and medicine with plans to become a pediatric oncologist. She is the daughter of Mike Cathelyn and Kim Cathelyn.

Burgeson is a 2016 graduate of Cambridge High School and she currently is attending Midwest Technical Institute for dental assisting. She is the daughter of Tom and Trish Burgeson.

Four other candidates received special awards including: Mitrese Smith, 18, Kewanee, named the winner of the Miss Congeniality Award; Diana Scherer, 17, Geneseo, who received the Photogenic Award; Kaitlyn Webster, 17, Geneseo, winner of the Emmy Vandevoorde Memorial Award; and Hanna Dodd, 19, Coal Valley, who received the Director’s Award.

Twelve-year old Olivia Goodley, of Annawan, was crowned the 2018 Junior Miss Henry County Fair. She is the daughter of Chris and Kim Goodley. Addison Dykstra, 12, of Geneseo, was first runner-up. She is the daughter of Curt and Sara Dykstra. Second runner-up was Miranda Reed, 11, of Cambridge, the daughter of Blake and Angie Reed.

Awards in the junior miss division included: Livia Dodd, 13, Coal Valley, Junior Miss Congeniality Award; Katlynn Jones, 14, Woodhull, received the Photogenic Award; Ella Jeffries, 13, Cambridge, recipient of the Director’s Award; Emma Dodge, 12, Geneseo, received the Junior Miss Emmy Vandevoorde Memorial Award; and Kenadi Sovey, 12, Cambridge, was named the highest ticket seller.

Nineteen competed in the junior miss division for girls 12 to 14 years old.

Faith Kuster, 7, of Geneseo, is the 2018 Little Miss Henry County Fair. She is the daughter of Chris and DeeAnn Kuster. Jaela Valdez, age 6, of Atkinson, was the first runner-up. She is the daughter, of Michael Minneart and Jenny Brieser. Second runner-up was Suzie Neumann, 7, of Geneseo, daughter of Corey and Ann Neumann.

Little Miss Henry County awards went to: Charlie Vandersnick, 6, of Atkinson, Little Miss Congeniality; Charley Courson, 7, of Geneseo, Photogenic Award; Ashlynn Chamberlain, 7, of Geneseo, Director’s Award; Noelle Ames, 5, of Cambridge, Little Miss Emmy Vandevoorde Memorial Award; and Savanna Desplinter, 5, of Geneseo, second highest ticket seller.

There were 24 youngsters in the Little Miss pageant for the 5 to 7 year olds.

The new fair queen and her court will be on hand to help with the ongoing events throughout the fair as part of their new duties. The 159th Henry County Fair continues daily through Sunday, June 24th.