Some area County Fair Queens were recognized over the weekend.
The 2012 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen pageant took place in Springfield over the weekend. Brittani Schisler, Miss Lake County Fair Queen, of Fox Lake was crowned by the retiring 2011 Queen Jackie Driscoll. Schisler as the new Miss Illinois County Fair Queen will be the official hostess at both the Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin. She was presented with a $1,000 scholarship from Prairie Farms.
Miss Montgomery County Fair Queen Lauren Murphy of Harvel was named first runner-up.
The judges selected Miss Effingham County Fair Melissa Mellendorf of Montrose as second runner up.
70 queens from across the state took part in this year's event.
Other area queens selected as top finalists were: Miss Moultrie-Douglas Fair, Rachel Craddock; Miss Champaign County Fair, Korynn Kirby; Miss Sangamon County Fair, Cara Workman; and Miss Edgar County Fair, Jessica Richardson.
The Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant was held over the weekend as part of the annual convention of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.