Lazor named Miss Cortland

The 2014 Cortland Street Fair kicked off Thursday night with the theme of “Visions of the Past, Present and Future.”

Crowds of people were treated to good weather, dozens of food vendors, games, carnival rides, music, and the night was capped off with the annual Miss Cortland pageant.

Emily Lazor, 17, was the big winner, claiming both the Miss Cortland crown and the title of Miss Congeniality. Pageant chairwoman Julie Vugrinovich said she has only seen a dual winner one other time in her 14 years as event organizer.

“It is a rare thing for the judges to pick one girl for both,” Vugrinovich said. “The competition went really well, and we even added a new category this year, Miss Photogenic.”

The winner of the Miss Photogenic award was Marissa Snyder, 17. Snyder was also named first runner-up for Miss Cortland, while 18-year-old Sydney Olejnik was second runner-up.

There were eight contestants in this year’s pageant. The contest was judged by All American Judges Association.

“We had a nice, big crowd, and they stayed late,” Vugrinovich said. “We were glad to see that.”

Also new this year was the first Little Miss Cortland queen pageant, which was won by 6-year-old Emily Mazur. She is the daughter of Nate and Jen Mazur.

While many onlookers, friends and family lined the area around the pageant stage, others were happy to wander through the fair on a warm summer night.

Sheila Ignatz of Wooster, who grew up in the Cortland area, enjoyed the night with her grandson Gage by her side.

“I came all the time when I was younger but this is the first time in many years,” Ignatz said. “It’s exactly how I remember it, and a beautiful night too.”

Meanwhile, Ron and Loretta McHenry, who live just up the street in Cortland, thought the fair was the perfect opportunity to grab some food.

“We’re out here every year,” Ron McHenry said. “I thought, why not head down and grab a bite to eat?”

The fair will continue today with music from the band Mr. Lucky to begin at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Kiddie Matinee will be available from 1 to 5 p.m.; Jungle Terry at 2:30 p.m.; a parade at 6 p.m.; and music by the Haymaker at 8 p.m.