Miss Green is Queen of the Fair

Keely Schmerber succeeds Kelly Wask


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  • 2017 Queen of the Fair winners: 1st runner-up Miss Lafayette Caitlyn Kunz; Queen of the Fair Miss Green Keely Schmerber; 2nd runner-up Miss Hardyston Adrianna Purcell; People's Choice Miss Montague Brooke Johnson




  • Outgoing 2016 Queen of the Fair Kelly Wask of Wantage Photos by Dave Case




  • The 2016 Queen of the Fair Kelly Wask crowning the 2017 winner Keely Schmerber




  • The royal coach awaits to do a circuit of the fairgrounds




  • 2016 Queen of the Fair Kelly Wask giving her last speech before the 2017 winner is announced




  • The new queen addresses the audience




  • 2017 NJ State Fair 4-H Club winners




  • The merry-go-round




  • The bustling fairway




  • The ferris wheel




  • The swings




  • The llama




  • The 'ship of the desert'



— The 2017 NJ State Fair started this week at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Saturday presented an almost cloudless comfortable afternoon for all the fair attendees to eat, drink, and enjoy the animal exhibits, the rides, and the food.

On Saturday night, in the packed Performing Arts tent, the annual Queen of the Fair ceremony was held. Twenty-one county contestants were entered and 6 were chosen as finalists. These six (Miss Branchville Hannah Orr, Miss Green Keely Schmerber, Miss Hardyston Adrianna Purcell, Miss Lafayette Caitlyn Kunz, and Miss Ogdensburg Randi Hornyak) were then asked two questions with one based on their accomplishments and another one on a random Fair-related question taken from a basketful of questions.

The 2017 Queen of the Fair was then chosen. The winner was Miss Green Keely Schmerber with 1st runner-up Miss Lafayette Caitlyn Kunz, and 2nd runner-up Miss Hardyston Adrianna Purcell. The People’s Choice Award went to Miss Montague Brooke Johnson.













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