A woman from Orion, Ill., will reign over the 2013 Illinois State Fair. Amelia Martens, 21, is a new graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in agricultural communications and has a job as a marketing representative waiting for her at John Deere.
“I entered my first pageant when I was 13,” she said. “I was active at our fair, I was showing livestock, and I remember seeing all the queens at the barrow auction that night before I had my barrow auctioned off and saw how they were using their public speaking skills, and I really enjoyed that; and I also like to dress up, so I decided to go for it.”
Martens, who grew up on a family farm, says she is the first Miss Rock Island County to become the state queen.