CORTLAND - The Miss Cortland Queen contest will kick off the annual Cortland Street Fair at 7 p.m. today off Main Street with six young ladies vying for the title.
The new queen will be crowned at 9 p.m. by reigning queen Kay Bahrey, daughter of Greg and Sandy Bahrey, who over the past year has been attending Ohio Northern University studying pharmacy.
Julie Vugrinovich is the queen contest coordinator / chairwoman, and Madonna Chism Pinkard, community relations director and host of Community Connections, will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Candidates had to be high school juniors or seniors at the time they signed up and have a Cortland mailing address.
Jenelle Bayus, 18, daughter of Sharon Bayus, is a graduate of Lakeview High School and will be attending Hiram College. Her sponsor is Heatherwood Landscaping, Material and Supply.
Stephanie Boggess, 17, daughter of Stephen and Deanna Boggess, is a graduate of Lakeview and will be attending college to study pre-law and social work. Her sponsor is Mosquito Lake Marina.
Katleyn Braunegg, 18, daughter of Thomas and Roseann Braunegg, is a graduate of Lakeview and will attend Kent State University to major in early child education and minor in dance. Her sponsor is Krystie's Dance Academy.
Haley Crites, 18, daughter of Lisa Marshall, is a graduate of Lakeview and will be attending Kent State University to major in architectural studies and minor in fashion. Her sponsor is Martin Ellie Studios.
Kayla Reese, 17, daughter of Jim and Gleama Reese, will be a senior at Lakeview in the fall. Her sponsor is Reese Services.
Carly Thomas, 17, daughter of Fred and Alicia Thomas, is a graduate of Lakeview and will be attending Kent State Trumbull to major in accounting and business management. Her sponsor is Lou Wollam Chevrolet.