‘My Fair’

Carleigh Matter crowned queen as 2021 Clinton County Fair opens

LANA MUTHLER/THE EXPRESS From left are first runner-up Madison Carlini, 2021 queen Carleigh Matter and the 2019 queen Haili Frank. Due to COVID, the fair was canceled last year, so there was no 2020 queen.

MACKEYVILLE — If you see a pretty blonde teenager wearing a sparkling crown on her head at the Clinton County Fair this week, it’s Carleigh Matter, the 2021 Clinton County Fair Queen.

Carleigh, 17, of Loganton, was crowned Saturday afternoon on the first day of this year’s fair and will be making the rounds helping out wherever needed at the fair, which continues through Saturday, Aug. 7 at the fairgrounds in Mackeyville.

Carleigh, the daughter of Mackey Kramer and Nicole Matter, is a 2021 graduate of the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School and will attend Lock Haven University in the fall. She’s been part of the county fair since she was a little girl. She’s helped at the fair, serves on the junior fair board and volunteered wherever needed.

Asked why folks should attend the fair, she quickly dubbed the annual agriculture show as “my fair,” and said it offers members of the community of all ages a place to enjoy themselves and learn about agriculture.

“It’s a place to bring your family and make life-long memories,” Carleigh said as she talked about some of her favorite parts of the fair.

LANA MUTHLER/THE EXPRESS Don Peters received the Friend of the Fair Award.

First runner-up in the queen contest was Madison Carlini, 17, daughter of David and Carol Carlini. Madison will be a senior this year at Central Mountain High School.

“Almost everything in your home is made up of things from agriculture. We wouldn’t survive without agriculture. This is our fair… a community event that everyone can go to and learn about agriculture together,” Madison said.

Judges for the contest were Jamie Breon, Doreen Thull and Katelyn Taylor. Dominique Miller was chairperson for the queen contest.

The contestants were judged on personal interview, evening gown competition, speech presentation and written essay.

Prior to the queen contest, the fair board officially opened the 48th Annual Clinton County Fair, and introduced its members.

The board also recognized the Clinton County Soil Conservation Board, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and handed out this year’s Friend of the Fair Award to Don Peters.

Peters was nominated for his outstanding volunteer service, according to Tracy Barone, a representative of the state Department of Agriculture. Peters is a former fair board member and a former member of the Mill Hall Kiwanis Club. Peters said he used to bring county prison inmates to the fair to do their community service and enjoyed working with them for 12 years.


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