The cream of the crop A crowd gathers for this year’s Denver Fair queen coronation and opening night

By on September 11, 2013



, Staff Writer

The eleven contestants at this yearâ??s Denver Fair Queen Coronation were (bottom row, left to right) Emily Brubaker, Carrie Sensenig, Megan Daub; (middle, l-r) Heather Clair, Stephanie Gamble, Brooke Mae Harting, Leah Madison Holler; (back, l-r) Ashley Redcay, Kayla Young, Hanna Weiss and Shannon Vail Drexel. (Photos by Preston Whitcraft)

Tuesday’s opening night at The Denver Fair drew crowds who enjoyed rides, fair food, games, livestock, exhibits and the queen coronation – all the attractions that Denver fairgoers anticipate from year to year. Bingo players filled the Bingo tent and listened intently to see if their cards were called. Lines formed for the famous French fries and steak sandwiches served each year.

"It’s a community gathering and there is something for everyone," says fair volunteer and organizer, Lorraine Korber.

And if the predictions are correct, the fair will have pleasant weather throughout the week.

Carrie Sensenig beamed proudly at the crowd as she accepted her crown and was named the 2013 Denver Fair Queen during the queen coronation.

A breeze swept through the hot September air as a crowd of proud parents, friends and family awaited the crowning of this year’s queen during the 2013 Denver Fair Queen coronation. Eleven senior girls from the Cocalico area sat anxiously in glimmering gowns on the stage of The Arthur Hertzog Band Stand. Each spoke candidly about what the Denver Fair meant to them. The girls reminisced about being in the baby parade, entering the coloring contest, and getting to see a blue ribbon hang from their prized pumpkin. They spoke about the importance of the fair in the community and how it brings residents together. They talked about having fun with friends and riding rides and eating their favorite fair foods. They commended the fair volunteers for their hard work and determination year after year and anticipated the fair for years to come.

The newly appointed queen, Carrie Sensenig, a senior at Cocalico High School, is the daughter of Bruce and Denise Sensenig. Carrie is a member of the Student Government, a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and has maintained a 4.0 GPA for the past three years. She is heavily involved in the school music programs and musicals. Carrie is active in her church, St. Paul’s ECC, where she is a nursery attendant and usher. She is an accomplished field hockey player and plans on attending Old Dominion University and majoring in speech and language pathology.

Carrie’s sister, Dana, a former Denver Fair Queen and Olympic field hockey player took a moment to pose with her little sister.

"The best part about being the Denver Fair Queen is being a citizen of Denver," Carrie said of being crowned. "The hardest part was doing the speech."

"The Denver Fair represents the best of this area," Carrie told the audience. She also thanked the volunteers who take time and energy who organize the fair.

"The continuation of the fair is important to the Denver community," she added.

Rebecca Grube, last year’s runner up, presented the first and second runners up with their sashes and the queen with her crown. Emily Brubaker, second runner up, is the daughter of Darren Brubaker of Adamstown. Rebecca is a senior at Cocalico and plans to attend The Travel Academy to train to be a flight attendant. She is involved in the music program at Cocalico and plays clarinet in the school’s marching band.

The first runner up, Megan Daub, is a senior at Cocalico High School. She is the daughter of Gregory and Melody Daub of Denver. Megan maintains a 3.5 GPA and is actively involved in the National Honor Society. Megan is also an active volunteer in her community and her church, Cocalico Community Chapel.

The fair takes place through Sept. 14 at 800 E. Main St., Denver. For more information on the fair and a schedule of events, visit

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