Miss Adams County Fair Jersey Hesse embarks on a new adventure this week as she leaves to compete in the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant in Springfield. She will compete against county fair queens from all over the state vying for the title of Miss Illinois County Fair.
Queen Jersey says it’s something she’s been working towards since she was crowned in July.
“Representing Adams County is a new found passion that I’ve developed over the months after receiving this title,” said Hesse. “The amount of support I’ve gained from my community and family is truly a blessing during this time of competition. I will compete to the best of my ability, but no matter the outcome I know I have the support of those back home.”
Hesse has also been quite busy as a freshman Agriculture Communications student at the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign. She says while this weekend is something she’s been working towards, she’s looking forward to a new experience in Springfield.
“I am most looking forward to the experience I will gain from this competition,” said Hesse. “The atmosphere will be much different than our stage and dirt track back home in Adams County. However, I know that this is a once in a lifetime experience, and I can’t wait to represent Adams County. I also look forward to coming home and encouraging other young girls to take that first step out of their comfort zone to compete as well.”
Hesse is the 19 year-old daughter of Nicole Hesse, and Curt and Amanda Hesse of Ursa. She lives in Ursa and graduated from Unity High School in May 2021.
She is the 56th Adams County Fair Queen to be crowned since the pageant began in 1965.
The Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield.
Hesse has worked for several area farm for many years. In her spare time she tends to cattle on her own family farm and enjoys showing cattle at area county fairs.
She has been showing cattle at the Adams County Fair for 12 years. When she isn’t working she enjoys many hobbies including hunting, fishing, boating, showing cattle and baking.
The Adams County Fair Page will be posting updates on Jersey's journey throughout the weekend and at competition.