Grange Fair queen addresses Centre County Pomona legislative banquet
SPRING MILLS — About 70 people attended a legislative banquet held by the Centre County Pomona Grange No. 13 on April 1 at New Hope Lutheran Church.
The evening began with a milk punch and cheese reception hosted by the Pennsylvania State/Centre County Dairy Princess Halee Wasson, of State College, and the Centre County Dairy Princess and Promotion Committee.
Those in attendance enjoyed a ham and turkey meal cooked by the members of New Hope Lutheran Church.
Centre County Pomona Grange master Ashley Furman welcomed everyone attending and introduced member Merle Eyer, of Baileyville Grange, who gave the invocation. Attending as special guests were Wasson, a member of Victor Grange No. 159; Emma Spackman, the 2016 Centre County Grange Fair queen, and Vince Phillips, the Pennsylvania State Grange legislative director.
Spackman spoke about the many things she has accomplished as fair queen. This included chores during the fair such as handing out ribbons, judging contests, introducing the entertainment and being one of the masters of ceremonies of the Baby King and Queen Contest. Since then, she has attended many meetings, special festivals and Christmas events, and will be talking to classes in local schools. In January, she represented the Grange Fair at the Pennsylvania Association of County Fairs Queen Contest.
“I am very proud that I was chosen one of the top five contestants,” she said. “I am truly excited to represent the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair.”
Spackman is a high school junior who plans to attend Penn State in the future.
Wasson talked about everything she has done to represent not only the Centre County Dairy Industry, but also the dairy industry throughout Pennsylvania. She was crowned the state dairy princess in September.
“The legislature, along with the Grange and the dairy industry, all need to work together to support our economy,” she said.
Wasson has talked with school students and does seminars for the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Committee, educating future dairy promoters. She is a student in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.
Phillips spoke to many people before the dinner and asked for questions, using these topics in his speech. He stressed the need for the government and community organizations such as the Grange to work together for the betterment of communities.
Candidates attending were given a small amount of time to introduce themselves and speak about the positions they are running for and why they feel they are qualified. Among the officials attending were Christine Millinder, the register of wills and clerk of Orphans' Court; Joe Davidson, recorder of deeds; Rich Irvin, representative of the 81st District; county commissioners Mark Higgins and Michael Pipe; Centre County Sheriff Bryan Sampsel; and District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, who is running for re-election. Other candidates who attended were Robert Bascom, who is running for district court judge; Bernie Cantorna, who is running for district attorney; Brian Marshall and Ronald McGlaughlin, who are both running for Centre County judge; and Jason Moser, who is running for jury commissioner.