Alexis ‘Lexi’ Keil was crowned as the 2013 Kimberton Fair Queen during the fair’s opening ceremonies on Monday, July 22. Keil is the daughter of John and Vicki Keil of Royersford.
“I have no words – this is so amazing and it really surprised,” Keil said following the announcement. “I am so thankful and grateful and excited to see what’s to come.”
The Fair Queen Program is designed to promote greater public understanding, awareness and interest in Pennsylvania’s number one industry: agriculture. Keil said that she entered in to the Fair Queen program because she wants to spread agricultural awareness to others.
Keil is also a member of the Spring–Ford Golden Rams Marching Band, is an active member of Royersford United Methodist Church, and has volunteered with causes including Relay for Life and the Walk for Autism. She plans on attending the military after graduating from Spring-Ford High School in 2014.
Rounding out the Fair Queen court were 2013 Fair Princess Elisabeth Stevens of Phoenixville, and Fair Ambassadors Genevieve Hill of Kimberton and Kaitlyn Miller of Spring City.
“I think it was great,” Hill said. “The girls are all fantastic and (Fair Queen contest coordinator Louise Kritzberger) is amazing. It was just a great experience altogether.”
“(This competition) was a different experience – I have never been in a competition like this before,” Miller said. “Plus I made some wonderful friends.”
“This was a great experience,” added Stevens. “This is my third year running so I had past experience of doing it - the girls were great, as always, and I cannot wait to do the rest of the week at the fair and have fun.”
Heil had kind words for the girls she competed against.
“They are all awesome… …I am enjoyed my time with all of them.”
Loiuse Kritzberger has been running the Kimberton Fair Queen competition since it began in 1999, and said that she was excited for this year’s group of contestants coming together.
“Last year we had no contestants so we didn’t have a contest,” she said. “So I am grateful that these girls came out.”
When asked what qualities the judges look for in a Kimberton Fair Queen, Kritzberger said “their communication ability, definitely, and their personality, because they have to have the right type of personality to go out and great people.”
Next up for Keil as the new Kimberton Fair Queen is a week of official appearances at the fair, and then in January she will travel to Harrisburg to compete for the title of Pennsylvania Fair Queen.
In offering her advice to Heil as the latest Kimberton Fair Queen, Kritzberger said “Smile, and just try your best.”