Fort Bend County Fair Queen candidates named

11 Seek to be crowned queen

The 2017 Fort Bend County Fair Queen candidates are, from the left, (front row) Skylar Higginbotham, a freshman at George Ranch High School; Jenna Marler, a senior at Tompkins High School; Fort Bend County Fair Queen Katie Koerth; Tori Reeh, a senior at Needville High School; Marissa Salazar, a senior at Austin High School; (back row) Samantha Mae, a senior at Lamar Consolidated High School; Bethany Garcia, a senior at Clements High School; Marissa Charcas, a senior at Lamar Consolidated High School; Shauna Pack, a junior at George Ranch High School; Krystal Negrete, a senior at Needville High School; Kelsey Lattin, a junior at Hightower High School; and Kennedy Johnson, a senior at Ridge Point High School. (Submitted photo)

The 2017 Fort Bend County Fair Queen Scholarship contest has 11 young ladies vying for the crown, scholarships, and all the other awards that come with the title.

Reigning Fair Queen Katie Koerth, the Fair Queen Scholarship Committee, board members, and fair staff welcomed the girls who represented high schools from all areas of Fort Bend County.

The 2017 Fort Bend County Fair Queen candidates are Skylar Higginbotham, a freshman at George Ranch High School; Jenna Marler, a senior at Tompkins High School; Fort Bend County Fair Queen Katie Koerth; Tori Reeh, a senior at Needville High School; Marissa Salazar, a senior at Austin High School; Samantha Mae, a senior at Lamar Consolidated High School; Bethany Garcia, a senior at Clements High School; Marissa Charcas, a senior at Lamar Consolidated High School; Shauna Pack, a junior at George Ranch High School; Krystal Negrete, a senior at Needville High School; Kelsey Lattin, a junior at Hightower High School; and Kennedy Johnson, a senior at Ridge Point High School.

The entries for the queen scholarship contest are up from last year’s competition. The Fort Bend County Fair Queen Scholarship Contest is for girls between the ages of 15 and 19 who are residents of Fort Bend County. The competition is based on a personal interview, an essay, a networking event, community service, and participation. The new pre-determined scoring format is debuting this year. As part of the new criteria, candidates will be required to submit an essay on “What My Fair Means to My Community” and participate in the kick-off parade on a group-constructed float.

Winners receive scholarships and prizes for their efforts, as well as the opportunity to serve as a community ambassador for the Fort Bend County Fair for the coming year. The 2017 fair will run from Friday, Sept. 29, to Sunday, Oct. 8. For more information, visit fortbendcountyfair.com or call the fair office at 281-342-6171.

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