Even though it’s 76 miles from the Wabash County Fairgrounds to the Indiana State Fairgrounds – no one knows both venues like this year’s Indiana State Fair Queen Alyssa McKillip.
“This was truly a dream of mine since I was just about four-feet tall to become the Indiana State Fair Queen,” says Alyssa as she proudly wears her tiara and sash while standing outside the West Pavilion among the 4-H kids and their prize-winning gilts and barrows.
Alyssa was Miss Wabash County in 2020, and after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the Indiana State Fair that same year, she was crowned State Fair Queen in April of this year.
She says it had always been a dream of hers to be an Indiana State Fair Queen and serve as ambassador for the fair.
“I remember how fondly I looked up to the Indiana State Fair Queen,” says Alyssa. “I just admired her. I had no idea what she represented when I was that little. All I knew was that she had a crown and she had a pretty dress, and that was enough for me at the time, but as I got to come to the State Fair more and more and show [for 4-H] and just experience the fair, I got to really understand what she represented. Then, to be able to have the honor to compete at the Indiana State Fair [Queen] pageant and become the title that I once dreamed of having was incredibly meaningful.”
Alyssa says her passion for both the Wabash County Fair and the Indiana State Fair grew from her involvement in 4-H.
“I was a ten-year swine showman,” says Alyssa. “I did many other 4-H projects, but swine was my favorite. [It was a] grand memory in my heart and I love watching these exhibitors [and] see their hard work pay off. It means so much to me and I know it means so much more to them.”
After a busy summer as Indiana State Fair Queen, Alyssa plans on continuing her path of becoming a medical doctor.
“I will return in the fall to Butler University. I’ll be a junior. I am studying to pursue my major in psychology, but I’m focusing [on] pre-medicine, so I will eventually go to medical school and I would love to pursue a career as a pediatric oncologist or an OBGYN.”
She says she has been drawn to pediatric medicine because she has a heart for helping others.
“There have been several [people] that have made a very significant impression on me, so [I plan] to take what I learned from this role as Miss Indiana State Fair and to apply it into my future as a physician,” says Alyssa.
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