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Feb 10, 2014

DelVal student crowned Pennsylvania Fair Queen

(l-r) Agriculture Secretary George Greig, Lia Schmittel '14, and 2014 PA Alternate Fair Queen Kelley Jay.

Lia Schmittel ’14, a Delaware Valley College equine science and management major, was crowned the 2014 Pennsylvania Fair Queen on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the annual joint convention of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs and Pennsylvania State Showmen’s Association.


“This competition brings together agriculture’s best young advocates from across Pennsylvania,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “These 58 poised, confident ladies serve as great ambassadors for fairs and agriculture. I congratulate Lia and look forward to working with her to promote Pennsylvania’s top industry.”


Schmittel will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the state fair association. She will travel the state representing Pennsylvania’s rich agricultural heritage and serving as an ambassador for the fair association.


Schmittel is a member of the College’s Equestrian Vaulting Team, Apiary Society and Collegiate Farm Bureau. She is also on the Women’s Varsity Track and Field Team as a pole vaulter, long jumper and triple jumper. 

Each of the 58 contestants prepared a brief speech highlighting the activities at her county or community fair. Candidates also wrote essays about the fair’s significance in their lives and local community. Each contestant gave a stage introduction during the fair convention annual banquet and was interviewed by three judges.


Contestants are evaluated on their public speaking skills and knowledge of the agriculture industry, as well as on their poise and personal presentation.