There's something about Sadie. Sadie Gassmann, 20, of Olney, reigns over the 2015 Illinois State Fair as this year's Miss County Fair Queen. She says her personality won over the judges.
“On stage, you're supposed to answer three on-stage questions and then give a one-minute speech,” she said. “I started walking off stage, and the emcee was, like, don't forget to give your one-minute speech! And I turned around and said, 'Just kidding! That didn't happen!' and they realized that I could handle myself under pressure.”
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It was a strong enough performance to overcome the lack of a farm background.
Gassmann, who will also appear at the Du Quoin State Fair later this summer, will be a junior at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and is majoring in elementary education.