NEWFOUNDLAND - Bright sunshine greeted the 97th Greene-Dreher-Sterling (GDS) as well as the coronation of the 2014 GDS Fair Queen and her Alternate.

At the pageant held Tuesday evening, Kayla Weidner, 17, of Milford,
was picked as the 2014 Fair Queen. Brooke Ann Staton, 16, of Greentown, was crowned as 1st Alternate.

Following the pageant, both of them toured the fairgrounds, their gowns, sashes and crowns making
them unmistakable.

Also vying for the crown were Sylvia Chabala, 17, of Sterling and Emily Langendoerfer, 17, of Waymart.

Amanda Ostroski, 2013 GDS Fair Queen, passed the mantle to her successor.

As Fair Queen, Weidner will represent the GDS Fair and promote
agriculture during the coming year, both at local and state events.

The Fair Queen also strives to create better relations between youths
and adults in rural and urban settings.

The judges included Bruce Koppenhaver, Certified Fair Executive;
Kelly Jay, PA State Fair Queen 1st Alternate; Anne Carr; Jamie Angell
Kurilla; Amy Utegg and Audrey Nebzydoski.

Each contestant was scored based on an essay, interview, speech and
how they answer a pop question. The essay topic was "What My Fair
Means to Me."

Weidner is the daughter of Linda and Joe Weidner of Milford.

She is a senior at Delaware Valley High School where she enjoys cheerleading and serving on yearbook staff. She enjoys cooking, baking, photography as well as being with her large, extended family.

Her future plans include studying clinical psychology.

Brooke Ann Staton is the daughter of John and Nancy Staton of Greentown.

She is a junior at Wallenpaupack Area High School where she is an Honor Student. She is also a member of S.A.D.D. and the Greene-Hills 4-H Club, and plays on the high school softball team.

Staton has worked as a babysitter and at 84 Country Store. She has
volunteered at church as a student teacher and for the alter service.

She enjoys playing sports, swimming and being with her family.

Emcee Janette Kislak brought out a few "fun facts" about each girl.

Staton learned to like French fries two weeks ago.

Weidner loves flip-flops and riding her brother's ATV in the mud.

Other awards were given as follows:

• Most Photogenic-Sylvia Chabala

• Best Interview- Kayla Weidner

• Congeniality- Brooke Ann Staton.

Cub Scout Pack 129 and Boy Scout Troop 29 led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Fair ongoing

Tuesday was only the start of the week-long GDS Fair.

A small,
country fair with many contests, rides, animals, arena shows, music
acts and other attractions, the GDS Fair continues through Labor Day,
September 1.

The fairgrounds are located behind the Wallenpaupack South
Elementary School in Newfoundland. Free parking is available across
the street in the park.

Pay-one-price admission is $5 through Thursday, August 28, and $8 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day. The price includes all rides
and most shows.

For the complete schedule and more information, visit
www.gdsfair.com or call 570-676-4047.