Performing before an audience in a play or concert, or for judges during a competition, has become old hat for a Columbus East High School senior.

So Bailey Meyer doesn’t expect a case of the jitters as she heads into her latest competition — vying among 87 contestants to be named Indiana State Fair Queen this weekend in Indianapolis.

Bailey, who was crowned in July as Bartholomew County 4-H Fair queen, said she has been preparing — at least mentally — for the state competition since winning the local one six months ago.

“I started thinking about it right then about how I accomplished one of my goals, and could accomplish another by placing at state,” she said.

The open competition begins 5 p.m. Saturday in the Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.