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Katrina Lowry crowned 2014 Ogle County Fair Queen

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 11:46 a.m. CDT
2014 Ogle County Fair Queen Katrina Lowry, Oregon, is embraced after winning the July 19 pageant. Also pictured is contestant Khrysta Oleson, Stillman Valley, clapping. Photo by Chris Johnson

It almost felt like deja-vu for an Oregon teenager Saturday night during the Ogle County Fair Queen Pageant.

But fortunately for Katrina Lowry, 17, it ended differently then the previous two years.

Lowry first received the Miss Congeniality award for the pageant.

When the runner up was announced, there was still a chance for Lowry to be named fair queen.

So when the winner was announced, Lowry's name was called this year.

She is the 2014 Ogle County Fair Queen. To use an old phrase, the third time's a charm.

"I can't even explain my excitement right now," said Lowry, 17, after being crowned queen. "I am so like overjoyed and so excited its crazy."

For Lowry, whoi is a student at Faith Christian School in Grand Detour, this was the third time she entered the competition.

"My parents have been supportive through the whole thing," she said.

Lowry was competing with seven other women for the crown.

Contestants in the 2014 Ogle County Fair Queen Pageant were Khrysta Oleson, Stillman Valley, Shelbi Massolle, Oregon, Rachel Book, Byron, Lowry, Carly McMurray, Lindenwood, Korrin Cogswell, Byron, Paityn Perks, Rockford, and Jaide Farbo, Stillman Valley. 

The competition consisted of a swimsuit competition, speech, formal dress competition, and on-stage questions.

Lowry was asked why she wanted to be crowned the fair queen as one of her questions.

"I want to be Miss Ogle County because I am involved in the local 4-H," she said. "I like going out and meeting new people and talking to kids."

The runner up was Farbo.

When she was asked why she wanted to be the fair queen, her answer was to be a role model.

"I want to be Miss Ogle County because she is such a beautiful figure in our community," said Farbo. "I would love to be that kind of role model for younger kids."

Her second question was what can be done about bullying in schools.

"I would have stricter punishments for bullying in school," said Lowry. "I feel like many administrators do not know how to deal with the issue and sometimes it is ignored."

She said the issue needs to be addressed not ignored.

"If you hit the issue head on, then there would be progress with bullying," she said.

Lowry will reign over the 2014 Ogle County Fair and will be present at many of the events throughout the fair.

She will also participate in numerous parades in the area and will compete at the state fair pageant early next year.

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