Illinois State Fair Queen Driscoll to be parade grand marshall

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Jackie Driscoll, Miss Henry County Fair queen, waves as she is crowned the 2011 Miss Illinois County Fair queen Sunday, Jan, 16, at the Crowne Plaza. Sixty-six county fair queens competed in the pageant.

    Henry County’s first state queen has been named grand marshal for the 2011 Hog Festival parade Saturday, Sept. 3.

    The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Club, which is coordinating the parade for the  36th year for the Hog Festival Committee, has named Jackie Driscoll, 2010 Miss Henry County Fair and 2011 Miss Illinois County Fair, to lead this year’s parade.

    Driscoll, 20, is the daughter of Jamie and Gene Lang, of Cambridge, and Mike and Laurie Driscoll, formerly of Bradford, now of Modesto.

    Her grandparents are Jerry and Jan Warner, of Kewanee, and Delores Driscoll, of Bradford.  A graduate of Stark County High School, she is now a junior at Monmouth College majoring in history and hopes to teach at the high school level.

    She was crowned winner of the local pageant at last June’s Henry County Fair.

    She then went on to become the first from her county in the 50-year history of the state pageant to win the crown, competing with 65 queens from across the state last January in Springfield.

    As the 52nd Miss Illinois County Fair, Driscoll will be the official hostess of the Illinois and

DuQuoin State Fairs, Aug. 12-21 and Aug. 26-Sept. 5.

    She will travel throughout the state this summer to promote county fairs and the state fairs.

    At Monmouth College she is the assistant director of “Up til Dawn,” a philanthropic event which raises money for cancer research; on the dean’s list; and is a cheerleader for the Fighting Scots football and basketball teams.

    She is also a member of the Blue Key service honor society and Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education.

    In addition to being the first representative from Henry County to be state queen, she is also the first Junior Miss Henry County Fair (2004) to win Miss Henry County Fair.

    The Ambassador Club is the public relations arm of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce.  This year’s parade will kick off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3.

    Entry forms are available at the chamber office or can be downloaded from the festival web site at www.kewaneehogdays.com.