Evansville woman named state fair queen

A young woman from Vanderburgh County was selected as queen for the 2017 Indiana State Fair.

The winner was Becca Lax, 20, a 2016 graduate of F.J. Reitz High School in Evansville who is a Purdue University freshman.

Bailey Meyer, a Columbus East High School senior, was among the 87 contestants vying to be named Indiana State Fair Queen over the weekend in Indianapolis.

Meyer, 18, did not advance from Saturday’s preliminary competition into Sunday’s group of 16 finalists.

Meyer represented Bartholomew County Fair in the event, having been named 4-H fair queen in July.

Bailey Meyer

Age: Turns 18 on Saturday.

Parents: Mark Meyer and Shannon Garrison

School: Senior at Columbus East High School, made the first quarter dean’s list.

Future ambitions: Attend Ivy Tech Community College Columbus in the fall to study elementary education and perhaps become an agriculture teacher/FFA adviser, have a family farm and kids to run around on it, and singing including auditioning for “The Voice.”

Activities and organizations: Class representative; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; C4 ambassador; “American Pie” soloist; past District XI FFA treasurer; Columbus FFA president; freshman orientation speaker; photography; fashion; national FFA; Bartholomew County 4-H; Bartholomew County Junior Leaders; White Creek Needlers 4-H Club vice president; member of youth group at St. John’s White Creek Lutheran Church southwest of Columbus.

Hobbies and interests: Advocating for agriculture; singing and playing guitar; hanging out with her friends and family; running FFA events; working with her animals; giving advice and being the peacemaker.

Employment: Part-time sales associate at Abercrombie & Fitch, Edinburgh Premium Outlets.