A Gillespie teen is the new queen of Madison County. At the annual pageant at Highland, 18-year-old Emily Harszy was selected from a field of seven contestants to be the 2016 Miss Madison County Fair Queen. Harszy will now face off with approximately 70 other County fair queens from across the state during the 2017 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen pageant in Springfield in January.
The state pageant winner reigns over the Illinois State Fair and the DuQuoin State Fair. The Madison County Pageant also saw the crowning of Junior Miss Madison County, 13-year-old Mackenzie Garland of East Alton. Garland is a student at East Alton Middle School and was chosen over three other contestants. Garland takes over the crown from 2015 Junior Miss Missy Huddleston, a 15-year-old from Williamson.