Maria Demas of Troy became the Troy Fair's 20th queen during a ceremony Sunday night held at Alparon Park. The 17-year-old will be a senior this fall at Troy High School and plans to attend college to become a physician's assistant. This year Demas served on the Junior Troy Fair Board and said she is extremely excited to become more involved in the Troy Fair.

Six young ladies entered the contest in hopes of becoming queen, first alternate or second alternate and each presented a speech and performed a short interview with Master of Ceremonies Shane Wilbur for the judges. The judging panel consisted of Anita Martina, George Witherite and Michelle Wetzel.

Wilbur joked with the contestants in order to give the judges a glimpse at each of the young ladies' personalities, asking some of the hopeful queens if they would get him a strawberry milkshake if he asked.

When Demas was faced with this question, she responded, "I would get you one," which humored the crowd.

During her speech, Demas spoke of her favorite experience at the fair in previous years.

"I've always loved the fair," she said, "I'm happy something so meaningful is so close to home."

After deliberating in an RV behind the stage, judges emerged and announced Demas as queen, Whitney Bailey of Canton as first alternate and Sara Craig of Burlington as second alternate. Contestants Aleina Anderson of Towanda, Faith Wilkinson of Towanda and Taylor Leff of Athens also took part in the event.

Multiple other members of local "royalty" gave short speeches including 2013 Bradford County Dairy Princess Lu-Anne Antisdel and 2012 Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Maria Noble. Both women spoke on the importance of dairy products in everyday life.

The 2012 Troy Fair Queen, Mara Tate, first alternate, Alane Neal and second alternate Lindsey Horning gave emotional farewell speeches as they highlighted special moments over their last year of service.

"Time is a strange thing. One year seems like a long time but this year seemed to fly by so fast," Tate said.

Tate became emotional when thanking the Troy Fair Board for all of their support over the last year and her family for always being there for her.

Tate concluded her speech by offering advice to the candidates on stage.

"You've all already gotten memories from just being in this program. Once a queen always a queen," she said.

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