Introduction by Courtney Sampson, Publicity & Media Relations Intern
If you haven't met Denae Pyle yet, you're in for a real treat! Denae became the official hostess of our State Fair when she earned the title of 2010 Indiana State Fair Queen. Occasionally, we will re-post some of Denae's entries from her personal blog, "Pig Crazy Queen," which she updates regularly on her journey visiting Indiana's County Fairs. You can catch Denae during this year's Indiana State Fair, but in the meantime, get to know her as she chronicles A Day in the Life of a Pig Crazy Queen.
Denae's journey recently took her back home to Kosciusko County, where she watched the pageant she participated just a year earlier. In this entry, Denae offers up some FAQs about her reign as State Fair queen!
Th-th-th-that's all, folks!
It's kind of confusing for some, but after I won Miss Indiana State Fair Queen in August 2009, I gave up my title at the county level, and Kristen Krizman (ever-so-graciously!), accepted her new title as Miss Kosciusko County 2009. Kristen found out she was the new county queen while driving to a movie with her mom and brother.
She did an amazing job as my 1st Runner-Up, but Kristen really took on the task of being county queen during the Fall, Winter, and Spring. At our most recent fair, Kristen handed down her crown - it's such a special feeling! A big congrats to all of the young women who participated in Miss Kosciusko County - way to go!
I was lucky to go back to my home county fair, but I visit a new county nearly every day! It's very exciting, and I've noticed a lot of Hoosiers have the same questions, no matter where I am in the state. Here are a few...
Is the crown heavy?
Yes! But you get used to it.
Why do you have a brown sash?
In many pictures, you'll see me wearing brown, "pig skin" suede sash. It was given to me to help celebrate Year of Pigs, and I love it!
Do you style your own hair?
Yep! Pretty proud to say I can do my own hair in about 15 minutes.
Is your hair natural?
Yes! Red...curly...thanks, Dad.
What's the best part about being the Miss Indiana State Fair Queen?
The incredible people you meet along the way. There are some perks, too. The leadership and example I can show other people - especially county queen contestants. I really love everything about it!
What about you? Have any questions for the Pig Crazy Queen? Post them in the comments section below!