Numbers decline, but contestants still shine at Miss Chenango pageant

NORWICH – Every year since 1970, the Chenango County Fair has held its Miss Chenango County Teen-ager pageant. This year was no exception; however, with a slightly smaller turnout.

According to pageant coordinator Dick Gillespie, the two contestants who participated this year marked a significant drop compared to previous years.

“The decline began in 2008,” said Gillespie. “The economic situation really went downhill, and now people just don’t have the money to do this.”

Despite the low turnout, this year’s pageant still went well, said Gillespie. The contest was split between a casual dress and formal dress section with a one minute question and answer session before the judges deliberated and returned with the winner.

This year’s Miss Chenango County, Logann Dolan from Norwich, said she’s been participating in pageants since she was six months old and has even won her fair share, but this will be the first time she is going to state competitions in the teens age group. According to Logann, competitions are always a challenge, this time in particular because she is one of the youngest girls competing, but that she believes she will do well due to her confidence.

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