It's no mistake: DeSutter reigns as queen

Jane Carlson/GateHouse News Service
Kristin DeSutter of Woodhull waves to the crowd as she does her first “walk” after being crowned Miss Knox County Fair 2008 on July 27 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Kristin DeSutter has spent plenty of time at the Knox County Fairgrounds.

The recent AlWood High School graduate has been showing pigs at the Knox County 4-H Fair since she was 8 years old.

But this week at the Knox County Fair, she’s wearing a sash and a tiara in the livestock barns.

DeSutter, 18, was crowned 2008 Miss Knox County Fair Sunday night, July 27 at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg.

“I want to be a good role model for Knox County,” DeSutter said after the pageant.

She also plans to promote the “family fun and traditions” of the fair during her reign, she said.

DeSutter is the daughter of Randy and Susie DeSutter of rural Woodhull. The family’s farm is a half mile into Knox County near the Henry County border, she said.

Wearing a cotton candy pink gown, the petite DeSutter said she was surprised when her name was called as the winner.

“I didn’t believe it,” DeSutter said. “I thought they were making a mistake.”

Co-valedictorian of her high school class, DeSutter will attend the University of Illinois this fall. There, she plans to major in ag communications and live in the 4-H House sorority, with the goal of one day working in public relations for a large agricultural corporation. She was an intern at The Register-Mail in 2007 and is working this summer for WMOI radio in Monmouth.

Also crowned Sunday night were 2008 Little Miss Knox County Olivia Sims and 2008 Junior Miss Knox County Fair Dulcie Sullivan.

The Knox County Fair started Tuesday and continues through Saturday. For a full list of events, visit www.knoxfair.com/.