Lacey Maclay was crowned the 2017 Shippensburg Community Fair queen Monday night.

It’s an honor she said she was surprised and shocked to receive.

“I was surprised, very surprised,” she said. “I was shocked. My heart was beating so fast when they were announcing the names.”

As fair queen, Maclay said she is looking forward to “meeting new people, interacting with everyone, and promoting the fair.”

A 2017 graduate of Shippensburg Area Senior High School, Maclay’s plans are to attend the University of Pittsburgh, where she will study for a nursing degree.

In answering her first question of the night, Maclay said mission trips have made a lasting impression on her life because they have given her a chance to make a difference.

“You travel to work on someone’s house,” she said. “You spend time with them and get to know.”

Each contestant was asked to talk about the role of the fair queen and why they would be a good person to serve in that role.

“The role of the fair queen is to promote the fair and to promote Shippensburg,” Maclay said. “The fair promotes hometown pride and raises money for local organizations. For many, it’s one of their main profits, so it’s really important to bring people here.”

She said she would be a good fair queen because she loves Shippensburg, enjoys talking to people, and would be honored to attend events and promote her community.

Maclay was sponsored by Vigilant Hose Company in Shippensburg. She was also selected as Miss Congeniality by her peers.

First runner-up was Dylan Zinn. Second runner-up was Becca Kline. Third-runner-up was Sara Jones, and fourth runner-up was Stephanie Jones.

Earlier in the evening, Katelynne Holtry was chosen as the Little Miss for 2017.

Like Maclay, she said she was surprised to win.

“I didn’t really think I’d win,” she said.

She said she is looking forward to attending a variety of events throughout the week.

“I heard I’m going to be milking a cow,” she said. “I feel a little weird about it. I’ve only done it once before, and I got whacked on the head with a cow tail.”

Her sponsor was Tyler’s Custom Cars.

Cierra Clendening was the Little Miss runner-up.

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