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Passing the crown: Dalrymple named 2022 Warren County Fair Queen

Photo provided to the Times Observer Cassie Dalyrmple, middle, was crowned as 2022 Warren County Fair Queen on Monday night. She’s flanked by, left, Junior Miss Alexis Stec and, right, First Runner Up Veronica Ludwick.

Monday’s Warren County Fair Queen contest provided an opportunity for a friend to crown a friend.

Cassie Dalyrymple was selected 2022 Warren County Fair Queen.

She was crowned by good friend and 2021 Queen Katie Downs.

And it was Downs that pushed her to get into the contest, originally.

“She kind of talked me into it,” Dalrymple said. “I spent my whole life at the Fair,” always attending the contest with her grandmother.

Photo provided to the Times Observer All of the contestants and last year’s court that participated in the 2022 Warren County Fair Queen contest Monday night.

She said participating felt like something that has been in the works for her.

“It was worth the shot,” she said.

The contest environment can present challenges, pushing people out of their comfort zone in front of a large audience.

“I just kind of took it as it came,” Dalrymple said.

She acknowledged the stress but said she “kind of leaned on the other contestants and pulled each other through.”

The reaction when she realized she won was simple.

“Well, I cried,” she said. “I laughed because when I got crowned by the queen, she told me I had to bend down because (I) was too tall. That made me laugh and then I cried.”

Veronica Ludwick was selected as First Runner Up while Alexis Stec was named Junior Miss.

Ludwick is pulling double duty this week as she also as 4-H obligations.

“A lot of people are really excited,” Stec said. “Kids get really happy to see us, really joyful.”

Tuesday’s slate of events was already stacking up and the rest of the week awaits.

Stec acknowledged the week is “going to get tiring soon.”

But these young ladies will grow throughout this week.

And that’s what brings one of the event’s organizers, Jeanette Walter, back every year.

“That’s my favorite part,” Walter, herself the Queen in 1989, said.. “I love seeing them nervous when they first show up to the tea in May.”

From there, through practices and the Fourth of July parade, they “start to get to know one another,” she added.

“By the end of the week, they are introducing our entertainment by themselves,” Walter explained, “doing all of these things independently, growing independently to become leaders and promote agriculture in our county, just be the face of the Warren County Fair.

“That’s why I keep doing this job – to keep seeing girls grow.”

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