Fair queens, princesses crowned at annual Saline County BBQ (Update 5:55 p.m. June 3)

Saturday, June 2, 2012
From left, Junior Fair Queen Morgan Sloan and Senior Fair Queen Kaylee McEachern. The two were crowed Saturday, June 2, at the Saline County BBQ. They will preside over the Saline County Fair in July. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

Two new county fair queens and four fair princesses were selected Saturday, June 2, at the Saline County BBQ.

Presiding over the county fair in July will be Senior Queen Kaylee McEachern and Junior Queen Morgan Sloan. McEachern will also represent Saline County in the queen contest at the Missouri State Fair in August.

McEachern was chosen from a field of 12 candidates, and Sloan competed against nine other girls for the honor.

In the fair princess contest, Aubrey Wise was named Pixie Princess, Kylie Dillon was named Sugar Plum Princess, Erika Lilleman was named Fairy Princess and Alexis Neff was named Royal Princess.

Event co-chairwoman Jill Harriman Lilleman said the big event went well, and although she had not yet gotten a ticket count, she thought the turnout was good.

The only incident to mar the event was an accident involving the trackless kiddie train.

Dancers from Shapes Dance and Acro Studios incorporate colorful fan streamers into a routine Saturday afternoon, June 2, during the Saline County BBQ Talent Show. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

Driver Charlie Eidson said the hitch pin broke, and when the trailer tongue hit the ground, the first car tipped, causing the other cars to follow. He said the train was moving very slowly at the time of the accident.

According to a preliminary report from Marshall police, five children were aboard at the time of the accident. Three children were taken by their parents to Fitzgibbon Hospital for treatment and two were treated at the square by Marshall firefighters and a Saline County Ambulance crew.

More information to follow.

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

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  • Congratulationss to all the royalty. To the Queens, Pixie Princess, Sugar Plum Princess, Fairy Princess, and Royal Princess. I am sure it was a tough decision. There were lots of great candidates.

    -- Posted by Pasta on Sun, Jun 3, 2012, at 11:53 AM
  • I hope all the little ones in the accident are ok.

    -- Posted by meagain on Sun, Jun 3, 2012, at 8:06 PM
  • My nephew was on the train when it wrecked and i belive some kids just had scrapes and bruises. But im sure it was scary for all of them. My daughter is Aubrey and she is the one that won Pixie Princess. There were so many good contestants for the princess pageant. Im sure the judges had a hard time with the judging. I couldnt have done it!

    -- Posted by angelwise on Mon, Jun 4, 2012, at 12:33 PM
  • One child has a broken wrist. Congrats to the queens and princesses!

    -- Posted by opin on Mon, Jun 4, 2012, at 5:04 PM
  • Has there been any better explanation as to why the MC selected the wrong candidates and announced the Junior queen then "oops" and took it back? By the way....that was extremely tacky and there were girls that were heartbroken over the mistake.

    -- Posted by Curiousintown on Tue, Jun 5, 2012, at 8:24 AM
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