by Richard Lamb—Advance Editor
Sisters Linnea and Chloe Hentkowski, the daughters of Matthew and Laura Hentkowski, were named queen and junior queen of the Presque Isle County Fair Pageant.
Linnea Hentkowski won the coordination, talent and evening gown awards in winning the queen title. She performed a dazzling dance for her talent portion, using the entire stage to show her grace and talent.
Rebecca Pockmara was first runner-up for the queens title and the ticket sales award winner. Catheryn Hart was second runner-up and Emily Grulke earned third runner-up. Other contestants in the queen category were Gabriella Miller, MaKayla Centala and Andrea Stalker.
For the junior queen contestants, Chloe Hentkowski earned the coordination and evening gown awards while Lexi Horton won the talent award and was first runner-up. Gevah Swinford was second runner up and Haley Grulke earned third runner-up.
Sierra Grulke, the only contestant in the category, was crowned princess of the fair.
Kim Smillie served as pageant director, using a theme of states of the union as each contestant carried in a flag as they were introduced by master of ceremonies Martin Degan. Ken Smolinski, Power Play DJ, expertly handled the job of sound engineer.
A highlight of the pageant came from vocalist Taed Price, who delivered electrifying performances of two patriotic songs.
Judges for the event were Dr. Kristen Kowalski, Julia Lewandowski, Rachel Lewandowski and Kallie Rae Shimel.
The pageant is the first event of the annual Presque Isle County Fair, which runs from July 21-23 at the fairgrounds in Millersburg.