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Kelsey Buck Chosen as
2011 Maine Potato Queen
By: David Deschesne
Fort Fairfield Journal, July 27, 2011
FORT FAIRFIELD—Kelsey Buck, from Mapleton, was crowned the 2011 Maine Potato Queen in a pageant held on July 16 in the Lawrence Gardner gymnasium at Fort Fairfield Middle/High School.
Kelsey is the daughter of Felicia and Brent Buck. She performed a lyrical dance to Be Italian, by Fergie and choreographed by the Maine Dance Academy. This was a dance performed by the Maine Dance Academy at the IBU World Cup Biathlon earlier this year.
Second Runner-up was Whitney Klein, the daughter of Nancy and Jerry Klein, from Mars Hill. First runner-up was Elizabeth Keaton, daughter of Susan and Mike Keaton from Caribou. Miss Easton, Samantha Buck was selected Miss Congeniality by her queen sisters.
The field of six contestants also included Miss Presque Isle, Julea Gorneault; and Miss Fort Fairfield, Abigail Ladner.
Outgoing Maine Potato queen, Brittni Mosher, from Mars Hill, reflected on her past year. “It seems like yesterday my name was called and my adventures began. As queen, I have had the opportunity to participate in so many exciting events, my favorite of which was the Big E in Springfield, Massachusetts. The other Maine state queens and I played games with the kids, rode on old fancy cars in the parade and were able to promote the industries we represented,” said Mosher. “I was blessed to have a great group of sister Potato queens. They are all beautiful and talented ladies. The memories we created together will stay with me forever. I am sad to see my reign come to an end, but excited to welcome in Kelsey Buck to take my place and have the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Kelsey has been dancing with the Maine Dance academy for twelve years. Her instructors are Colleen DuPlissie and Clarann Flynn. The only other queen title she held was the one that got her to the Maine Potato Queen pageant—Miss Mapleton.
“I feel very honored to be able to represent the Maine potato industry. I was very excited when they called my name, and I don't think the excitement is going to wear off,” said Buck. “I can't wait for it all to begin!”
Kelsey enjoyed the opportunity to get to know her sister queens in the Maine Potato Queen pageant better. “We had so much fun talking backstage at practices and going to the industry dinner. All of them are incredibly sweet and talented, and we are kind of like a new pageant family!”
Kelsey is entering her Senior year at Presque Isle High School She participates in fall and winter varsity cheerleading, is a member of National Honor Society, student council, varsity club, and in the Shipmates Playhouse school plays. “I also do a lot of community service around the town as well as dancing at The Maine Dance Academy.” She plans on attending the University of Maine in Orono, studying for a major in elementary education and a minor in special education. “I also hope to become a best-selling realistic fiction author.”
This year’s Miss Maine Potato Queen pageant was directed by Anna Watt and produced by Kathy Maynard through the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.
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