Miss Edgar County Fair Teresa Twigg is in Springfield next week for the annual Miss Illinois County Fair competition.
Twigg, accompanied by a official delegation from Edgar County, has a hectic four days after arriving at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center Thursday, Jan. 16. Practice for the competing queens begins at 1 p.m. Thursday and continues until 9:30 p.m.
During that 8.5-hour time span, photo sessions for the official photos in swimsuit and evening gowns occur as well starting to learn the production number for the banquet. A pizza party closes the evening giving the young women an opportunity to relax and a chance to get acquainted.
Friday, Jan. 17, has an early start with interviews and more production number rehearsals. Twigg is schedule for the morning rehearsals and will interview in front of a panel of five judges for approximately 4 minutes in the afternoon. Pageant activities for the contestants conclude at 5:30 p.m.
Competitive events go into full swing Saturday, Jan. 18, starting at 8 p.m. The morning preliminaries have all of the queens participating in the grand march. Twigg competes in the evening preliminary starting at 7 p.m. At that time, she will be evaluated for stage presence in an evening gown, beauty and physique wearing a swimsuit and give a one-minute speech.
She will be back on stage at the end of the evening when all of the contestants participate in a grand march wearing the clothing used during the speech portion of the event.
Sunday, Jan. 19, features another 8 a.m. start with a breakfast in honor of the reigning queen Alexi Bladel from the Winnebago County Fair. The evening banquet opens with all 73 county fair queens in the opening production number. That is followed by the announcement of the top 15 finalists as well as non-finalist awards for stage presence, beauty and physique, speech and interview. Competition renews for the 15 finalists with another round of evening gown, swimsuit and speech events.
After each queen delivers her speech, she will be asked three pop-up questions.
The tension of the evening ceases with the announcement of the 2020 Miss Illinois County Fair along with the first, second, third and fourth runners up. The final event of the pageant is a reception for the queens.
Twigg is the daughter of Josephine Vitale Twigg of Paris and Barry Twigg of Marshall. She is a 2016 graduate of Paris High School and attends Indiana State University as an education major.
Her entourage to Springfield includes Tracy Quinn-Porter, local pageant director; former Miss Edgar County Queens Jessica Gardner, Kierstyn Allen who will serve as chaperone and Taylor Dunn who is in charge of hair and makeup; her mother, sisters, friends and other family, plus several Edgar County Fair Board members and other former Edgar County Fair Queens.