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Minutes after being crowned York Fair Queen 2015, Alexis Cash was headed back the farm.

"It's not a day off today," she said. "There is still work to do."

She had to get back to work to weigh in new livestock. Cash didn't mind.

For the Manchester Township resident, agriculture has been a big part of her life.

As the newly crowned queen of the fair, she hopes she can bring that message to others.

"It's truly a great opportunity," she said. "To share what I know and how important this is for others."

Now in it's third year, the competition hopes to promote young adult programs associated with the York Fair, which will celebrate 250 years in September.

"Truly the oldest fair in America," said York Fair General Manager Michael Froehlich.

Cash is now a sophomore at Penn State. She feels at home in the school's agriculture department she says.

"At first I was going to study pre-med," she said. "But I felt at home agriculture-- I knew a lot of people there, it just felt right."

Cash competed against Taylor Shultz of Dover Township and Jacklyn Henshaw of Red Lion for the crown.

During the competition, Cash wore a bright green dress, the same one she wore to prom.

"This was the perfect excuse to wear it again," she said.

While she was comfortable talking and presenting herself for the competition, she was worried about her speech and answering questions.

Alana Eisenhour, 18, of Wellsville, won the crown last year. She also was crowned the 2015 Pennsylvania Fair Queen.

In her goodbye speech, she said it was an honor to represent the fair and the farming community.

"Agriculture has been part of me since day one," she said. "I wanted to share the importance of it to others."

After college, she hopes to come back and help run her family farm, which has existed for three generations.

Cash will now get ready for that same competition. Until then, she said she is excited to actually see what the York Fair has to offer.

"When you show animals, the closest you get to seeing anything is the Rutters Milkshake stand," she joked.

— Contact reporter Sara Blumberg at sblumberg@yorkdispatch.com

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