When you think of Chicago’s north suburbs, you don’t necessarily think of “agriculture.” But Brittani Schisler of Fox Lake reigns over the Illinois State Fair this year as Miss Illinois County Fair Queen. “It is Lake County, and we do have our crops, we have all of that up there,” says Schisler.
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“And you know what? It’s all about learning. I might not have grown up on a farm, but it’s been a learning process, and I think I’m doing a pretty good job representing it.” Shisler is 21 years old and will be a senior at Eastern Illinois University. She intends to become a speech pathologist. She earned the statewide title after becoming Miss Lake County.
Pageantry apparently runs in the family: half-sister Bethani Jacobson, a 17-year-old high school senior-to-be, is Miss Grant Township. She credits Shisler with being a mentor. The State Fair runs through Aug. 19 in Springfield.