UPDATE: The Big Butler Fair Board of Directors are happy to announce that the 2021 Big Butler Fair is a GO!

The Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs (PSACF) and The Pennsylvania State Showmen’s Association (PSSA) collaborated to create a plan to allow for the safe reopening of the fair industry this year, while acknowledging the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and offering a variety of mitigation measures to protect the health of all event employees and guests. LEARN MORE

The Big Butler Fair

Always Over the Fourth

July 2 - July 10, 2021

Kids 6 and Under Free

Fair Queen Pageant

The Big Butler Fair board is currently accepting entry forms for the Butler Fair Queen contest. The Butler Fair Queen contest is for females between the ages of 16 and 20 years who are residents of Butler County. Each year the Fair Queen winner serves as a community ambassador for the Big Butler Fair for the coming year.

The contest consists of 4 segments with each segment counting towards points:

  1. Personal Interview
    Each contestant will meet privately with a panel of three judges. The interview is judged on conversational ability, the answers to a variety of questions, appearance / poise, activities and knowledge of the Big Butler Fair. (40 points)
  2. Evening Gown / Introduction
    This segment is conducted in front of guests and three judges. Each contestant will walk on stage and introduce herself to the audience. This introduction should be similar to that which a Fair Queen would give when visiting a fair or other public event. (Must be under 1 minute). This event is judged on content, stage presence and appearance. (20 points).
  3. Speech Presentation
    This is a persuasive speech on the topic "Why you should come to my fair". A 3-5 minutes (timed) oral presentation is given in front of the audience. This speech should include daily and featured events, agricultural exhibits and how our fair impacts our community. It is judged on content, persuasive quality, speaking ability and poise / presence. (30 points)
  4. Impromptu Question
    Each contestant will be required to answer the same impromptu question in front of the judges and audience (10 points)

Butler Fair Queen Contest Rules

Contestants Must:

  1. Must be a resident of Pennsylvania.
  2. Must be between the age of 16 and not older than 20 by June 1.
  3. Must not have held the title of a local or state fair queen prior to this pageant.
  4. Must have parent or guardian consent.
  5. Must be single, never married, have had no children and remain so during her reign.
  6. Must be available to attend the state competition in Hershey, PA, in January
  7. Must agree to promote the Big Butler Fair in a positive manner.
  8. Must agree to abide by the PA State Fair Queen Behavior Policy & Dress Code.
  9. Scholarship: 1st - $500.00, 2nd - $300.00, Ambassador - $50.00
  10. Application available below.
  11. Completed applications due by June 1.

Dates to Remember

Tea - Sunday,  May 23rd from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Located at the boardroom on the fairgrounds. RSVP requested with Judy Kennedy / 724-625-1977 / JCKL22@consolidated.net. Masks are required.

Application Due - Tuesday, June 1st

Completed online pageant application forms are due by June 1st. See online application below. We are no longer accepting printed applications at the Fair office. 

Dress Rehearsal - Monday, June 14th at 3:00pm 

Dress rehearsal is mandatory and is located at the Atrium, next to Garden Gate on Rt 422, east of the Butler Fairgrounds. 

Pageant - Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00pm 

The Butler Fair Queen Pageant will be held at the Atrium, next to Garden Gate on Rt 422, east of the Butler Fairgrounds and is open to the public. Interviews will be conducted in the afternoon.

Pageant Entry Instructions

If you would like to enter into the The Butler Fair Queen contest, please complete the Butler Fair Queen Application Form which is located below.

Once complete, an email will be sent to you with your submitted information. If you have additional questions, please call Judy Kennedy at 724-625-1977.

2019 Fair Queen Pageant Sponsors

Cellone's Italian Bread & Rolls
Big Butler Fair | Sponsor | Clearfield Credit Union
Big Butler Fair Sponsor Dennis Beach Chainsaw Carving
Fairground Market & Catering
Fair Sponsor | Full Pull Productions
Fair Sponsor | Gannett Fleming
John Huey Auctioneers
Fair Sponsor | John the Greek Food Concessions
Kelly Automotive
Big Butler Fair | Sponsor | Mercer Livestock Auction
Fair Sponsor | Powers Great American Midways

2018 Big Butler Fair Queen

2018 Big Butler Fair Queen Pageant Court

Big Butler Fair | 2018 Big Butler Fair Queen Court

Congratulations to the 2018 Big Butler Fair Queen Pageant Court!

Amelia Brown was crowned Butler Fair Queen, Kayley Baker was crowned Butler Fair Princess and Jillian Ranko was named Butler Fair Ambassador.

2017 Pennsylvania State Fair Queen

Big Butler Fair | 2017 Pennsylvania State Fair Queen Madeline McEachin

Congratulations to the 2017 Pennsylvania State Fair Queen Madeline McEachin!

Questions and More Information:

Judy Kennedy

Fair Queen Pageant Application

Please fill out the application below to have the chance to become the next Big Butler Fair Queen.

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