SYDNEY – Personality, poise and appearance – as well as an interview – are the criteria judges will evaluate in their choice of a Harvest Queen and Junior Harvest Queen to represent the Hillsborough County Fair.
“The Harvest Queen royalty act as official ambassadors for the fair by promoting the heritage and values of the community and making appearances around the county during their reign,” said George Parker Jr., Hillsborough County Fair president, in a press release. “The winning contestants must embody the fair’s values of integrity, pride of place, Southern hospitality and commitment to community.”
Applicants must be Hillsborough County residents. The girls must be 16 to 19 years old for the senior division and 13 to 15 years old for the junior division.
The winner of the senior division will receive a $1,000 Roland and Olive Lewis Scholarship, provided by Marvin and Linda Brown of Favorite Farms in Dover.
The scholarship may be used at any Hillsborough post-secondary school; however, if it is used at Florida College in Temple Terrace, the award will be doubled.
The Browns named the scholarship after the late Lewises, because Roland Lewis served on the Hillsborough County School Board from 1968 to 1988 and chaired the board three times. Lewis Elementary School in Temple Terrace was named for him.
Lewis also taught at and was registrar of Florida College for 35 years, beginning at its inception in 1946.
H. E. “Buddy” Payne, president of Florida College, said, “We are very pleased that this contribution by the Browns honors both Dr. and Mrs. Lewis and gives Florida College the opportunity to participate in furthering the education of worthy students in Hillsborough County and promotes Florida College as ‘A Friend to Youth.’”
Harvest Queen applications (downloadable under “events” at www.hillsboroughcountyfair.com) and entry fees, including $35 per application and $10 per photo for the photogenic contest, must be received by 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7. Checks should be made payable to Hillsborough County Fair. Send all to Hillsborough County Fair, P.O. Box 100, Sydney, FL 33587.
Signed entries may be scanned and emailed to Janet Aversa at HillsboroughCountyFair@verizon.net; call in credit card payment to (813) 737-3247.
The competition will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, east of Valrico at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 4810 E. State Road 60. The queens will attend activities during the fair from Oct. 16 to 20.
Send news of community interest to Barbara Routen at Neighbors@tampabay.rr.com.