The 2020 Illinois State Fair Queen Pageant was held Sunday night in Springfield. Miss Shelby County Adilyn McCray, daughter of Chad and Faith McCray of Gays, Illinois finished as a top 15 finalist out of 73 contestants. Adilyn says that both her coach Sara Long and her parents have been very supportive of her during her pageant time.
Adilyn says not knowing what the judges are looking for is the hardest thing about prepping for pageants.
Up next for Adilyn, is preparing for the retirement of her crown in June, but practices in April and May will keep her busy until then. She says that if you are thinking of running for a pageant, and you don’t think it’s for you, to go for it.
Adilyn is a Junior at Windsor High School. Other area girls who finished in the finals were Makenna Green, Miss Moultrie-Douglas County, and Shayna Phillips, Miss Effingham County—2nd Runner Up.