Neisen competes at state fair queen pageant, doesn't reach top 15

Posted: Jan. 20, 2013 7:45 pm Updated: Feb. 10, 2013 8:15 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Miss Adams County Fair Montanna Neisen competed in the 2013 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen pageant last weekend.

Judges announced the top 15 of the 72 contestants early Sunday evening during a banquet. While Neisen did not place in the top 15, Adams County Pageant Director Randi Bobier said that competition was difficult and that Neisen represented the county with class and elegance.

“She did such a great job,” Bobier said. “She really represented Adams County better than anyone could have expected her to.”

Amelia Martens, Miss Rock Island County Fair Queen, was crowned by the retiring 2012 Queen Brittani Schisler. Martens is a student at the University of Illinois majoring in agricultural communications.

The competition was part of the 103rd annual Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention at the Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express in Springfield.

Neisen competed in her first pageant in July at the Adams County Fair in Mendon.

The Liberty High School senior is the daughter of Jeff and Lisa Neisen. She interviewed with pageant judges on Friday and competed in evening gown, swimsuit and speech Saturday afternoon in the preliminaries.

Neisen’s speech centered on her younger brother, Brady, who has Down syndrome, and the positive impact he has had on her family.

Also competing in Springfield for the state title were other area queens — Miss Brown County Fair Payton McKinnon of Mount Sterling, Miss Hancock County Fair Jessica Fox of Carthage, Miss Pike County Fair Bailey Henderson of Pittsfield and Miss Western Illinois Fair Hannah Mayberry of Winchester.