Above: (Left) 2014 Queen Lizzy Hogate crowns the 2015 Salem County Fair Queen Miss Abigail Sharp during the annual “Opening Ceremony” at the Salem County Fairgrounds last night during the Salem County Fair Queen Contest.
Pilesgrove Twp. – Last night, the County started off the annual Salem County Fair which attracted hundreds upon hundreds of local vendors and businesses upon thousands of opening night fair goers. The annual event featured such contests and occasions ranging from 3 Cedars Forge Blacksmith’s demonstrations, to one of most prestige events as the Kiddie Tractor Pull, to the Opening Ceremonies which included the 2015 Queen Contest.
The 2015 Salem County Fair Queen Contestants were four local young ladies within Salem County who are highly involved with the community, especially within the agricultural, horticultural, and/or one of the many industries that have spawned from America/Salem County’s Roots: Farming.
The four young women’s back stories include so many extracurricular activities that influence their future careers very much and each of the individual young women hold themselves to the highest of pedigrees in their work and education. Not only did they take the stage for themselves, their families and loved ones but also each of the contestants represented dozens of others among Salem County within our school systems, who, rightfully, take much pride & honor in doing the exact thing many of our/their forefathers did in Salem County, NJ: Farm.
As the evening went from the lovely ladies’ interview questions on stage to the long but fresh and scrumptious beginning auction in which each of the Queen Contestants along with Elizabeth Hogate, 2014 Queen, handed out the rightful gifts, pies, and other delights from many donations and kind-acts.
After coming on stage together dancing, the ladies took their seats and waited in silence. Jamie Munyon, of Lower Alloways Creek Twp., was called first for Miss Congeniality, and Miss Munyon received a sash trophy, a bouquet of flowers, and a small gift. Next was the 2nd Runner-Up position in which Miss Jamie Munyon was named the recipient again. She received a sash, trophy, bouquet of flowers, a small gift, and a $50 gift card from the Salem County Fair.
As the other three contestants waited nervously, the 2nd Runner-Up position was next called and given to Miss Kristina Kittrell. Miss Kittrell is a Salem County resident who attends school in Pennsylvania specializing in automotive technology. She received a sash, bouquet of flowers, a small gift, and $100 cash from the Salem County Fair.
Finally, it was down to either Abigail Sharp or Madison Chambers who were the only ones not called yet. They waited and soon Mr. Bobbitt, the host/announcer, called Miss Abigail who was then crowned and given the prestigious award of being the 2015 Salem County Fair Queen. Miss Sharp received a sash, trophy, bouquet of flowers, a small gift, and a $200 cash from the Salem County Fair and a $500 scholarship written to the college of her choice for her ongoing education from the Salem County Fair Assoc.
The following is the generally released information on the four contestants:
Kristina is the 17-year-old daughter of Steven and Patrice Kittrell of Salem County. She will be a Junior at the Central Bucks High School in Pennsylvania and she will also be attending the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology in Pennsylvania, specializing in automotive technology. At school she is a member of the Operation Eternal Gratitute club that raises money to purchase and ship CARE packages to U.S. troops overseas. She is also a member of SKILLS USA and competes in the automotive technology division. In the community Kristina aids in the choreography of the All Star Cheer Squad in the 4- to 7-year old division. She is the show secretary for the 4-H Laughing Lagamorphs’ rabbit shows and, at the State 4-H Rabbit Show she also assisted in distributing awards and compiling the records for the show.
Abigail is the 17-year-old daughter of Jean and Eric Sharp of Salem. Abigail will be a Senior at Salem High School next year. In Salem High School she acts in the Ram Theatre, is President of the Future Business Leaders of America, a member of the concert band and choir, the Ambassadors’ Club, the Academic League, and Student Council. Abigail is also a Student Council officer, member of the National Honor Society and an International Baccalaureate student. She is a member of the 4-H Fibers Club, 4-H Teen Council, the 4-H Homesteaders Club, and on the Salem County Fair Board. She attends the First Baptist Church of Salem and the Quinton United Methodist Church. Abigail tutors at the Lighthouse Learning Center and is qualified to be a lifeguard.
Jamie Lynn is the 17-year-old daughter of Mike and Beth Munyon of Lower Alloways Creek. She will be a senior at the Salem County Vocational Technical High School this fall. At Vo-Tech she is vice president of the FFA Chapter, is Cadet Chief Master Sargent in the Air Force ROTC unit and a member of the Vo-Tech Academic League and the National Technical Honor Society. She is a member of the school’s Garden Club which maintains the Community Garden. In sports she is a Varsity goalie on the Salem High School field hockey team and second baseman on the softball team. Outside of school, Jamie volunteers for the LAC Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse and the Salem County Bookmobile and is a summer camp counselor. Jamie is a member of the N.J. Farm Bureau and helps collect vegetables at the Buzby Farm which are donated to Philabundance.
Madison is the 16-year-old daughter of Rob and Tracie Chambers of Pennsville. This fall she will be a junior at Pennsville High School. In school she is a member of the Executive and Renaissance Committees and also of the Ski Club. She helps with the school’s Pep Rallys and plays on the high school tennis team. Madison has been a 4-H member for 10 years where she helps raise money for the American Cancer Society by participating in the 4-H program’s yearly Rock-A-Thon. In the community, she participates with the charity that raises money toward the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Soup Kitchen, does Spanish tutoring, and help the 4/5 year olds in their soccer program.
Route 40 traffic was not disturbed much due to the great coordinated safety efforts by NJ State Police and Fair coordinators. We wanted to say thank you to those who help make this great local community event possible! Enjoy the variety of pictures from last night’s Salem County Fair!
Staff photos taken at the Fair last night by Zachary Ahl: