The Indiana State Fair Queen is coming to Cass County today to encourage county contestants in the annual queen pageant taking place tonight.
Alyssa Garrett was crowned Miss Pulaski County as well as the state queen in 2013. Even though she reigns from Pulaski, Garrett calls Cass County home as well.
Garrett has been visiting more than 35 Indiana counties in June and July, so she said it’s nice to be near family again. In July, she has just four days off from traveling and visiting county fairs. Garrett will also attend the Indiana State Fair each day from Aug. 1-17.
“I’m enjoying every single minute of it, though I hardly have any free time,” Garrett said. “But it has been so enjoyable.”
Garrett said she’s been able to meet people from all around Indiana and listen to their stories, their experiences and what the fair means to them.
“Even though I have lived in Indiana my entire life, there are so many places now that I have realized I have never been to,” she said. “I’m getting a chance to visit all those places this summer and meet more people from Indiana.”
At the Cass County pageant, Garrett said she’s going to meet the contestants before the event begins to greet them and give them advice.
“I’ve been in their shoes before and so I definitely want to give them as much support as I possibly can because I know how nerve-wracking that day can be,” Garrett said.
She’ll also have a chance to talk before the pageant about the state fair.
The 20-year-old is going into her third year studying business management at Purdue University. Garrett wants to work in human resources or marketing at any business in the Midwest region.
“With the job market these days, I’m willing to take any job once I graduate,” Garrett said. “Any job is a good job.”