20-year-old Brianne Miller is the new 2019 Fair Queen in Iroquois County. She was crowned last evening to get this year’s fair underway at the Crescent City fairgrounds. The five other contestants also selected Miss Miller as Miss Congeniality.
Miss Miller is the daughter of Todd & Heather Miller of Martinton. She’s an elementary education major at the University of Illinois having graduated from Donovan High School in 2017.
21-year-old Taylor Hasselbring of Cissna Park was the judges choice for 1st runner-up. 20-YEAR-OLD Grace Ahlden of Crescent City was selected as 2nd runner-up.
Friends and supporters of the Iroquois County Fair are remembering Marvin Perzee. The longtime president of the fair board passed away early (Wednesday) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He had stepped down as president in January to deal with what he called ‘a health scare.’
Marvin served as president of the fair board since 1972. His death, ironically, came on the day this year’s county fair opened.
Last evening, during the opening ceremony at the Crescent City fairground, a moment of silence – to reflect on the dedicated years of service to the Iroquois County Fair Family. Marin Perzee was the patriarch (if you will) of the hard-working family of fair volunteers – who, he always proudly said, “was the best county fair in all of Illinois.”
Marvin’s 50 plus years as Fair Board President reflects his proud dedication to building the tradition of what Iroquois County’s Fair and agricultural community is all about. He’s been a number one cheerleader of county fairs and served on the state of Illinois County Fair Board of Directors.; named an ambassador of what county fairs are all about.
Marvin and his wife, Sharon, have worked side by side promoting the fair and as 4-H leaders. Marvin was a voice for agriculture.
The Illinois House of Representatives presented a resolution to honor Marvin & Sharon for their years of accomplishments. The couple also received the Master Farmer Award from Prairie Farmer in 1999.
Marvin also is a past Chairman of the Iroquois County Republican Party.
Current Fair Board President Paul Ahlden said Marvin will be missed.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
The 2019 Iroquois County Fair begins this (Wednesday) evening. The queen pageant follows the flag-raising ceremony just before 8 pm. The presentation of 4-H clubs will raise the curtain for the 85th annual event.
The 2018 fair queen, Lyndsey Neukomm of Cissna Park, will crown her successor. The 2019 contestants include: Grace Ahlden, Abigail Wagner, Samantha Jensen, Taylor Hasselbring, Brianne Miller and Morgan Gash. The queen pageant will air on 94.1 WGFA.
39-year-old Andy Leppard of Milford was arrested for the theft of multiple stolen items, including two ATV's, a pickup truck, a trailer, backhoe and a lawnmower. Iroquois County Sheriff's Police report the recovered items are estimated to have an approximate value of $46,000. Leppard is charged with burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. Police say more arrests are expected.
In Iroquois Circuit Court (Tuesday) Judge James Kinzer sentenced a former Watseka man to 9 years in prison for aggravated battery with a firearm involving a shooting in the summer of 2015. Jerry Pintelon was found guilty in April for the August shooting that wounded Kylie Schwartz in a Watseka neighborhood. A jury convicted Pintelon of aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm.
The April trial was the second time Pintelon had to answer to the charges. A jury acquitted him of attempted murder while finding him guilty of aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm.
A defense motion for a new trial was granted and while Pintelon was not re-tried for the attempted murder charge he was already acquitted of…the State prosecuted him again for the aggravated battery and aggravated discharge offenses. The second trial was at Pintelon’s request.
Tuesday’s sentence disposition ordered Pintelon to serve nine years for aggravated battery with a firearm charge and six years for the aggravated discharge of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school charge. The sentences will be served concurrently.