By John Steffanic
Quincy Junior-Senior High student Hailey Crump has been officially announced as the 2022 Sweetheart of the Mountains by the PSCF Foundation. She and several other young ladies from Plumas and Sierra Counties applied for the scholarship by writing an essay on why small county fairs are critical to the communities they serve. All applicants had obvious connections with the Fair and offered some creative insights on its relevance to our communities. Miss Crump will receive a $500 scholarship to further her education and will fulfill the traditional duties of the title, including hospitality at and public representation of the Fair. The contest’s First Runner-Up is Adeline Taylor, who will receive a $250 scholarship and will represent the title if Crump is unable to.
The history of the Sweetheart of the Mountains title is long and rich. There have been interruptions and changes in format throughout the years, and 2022 is no different. With so much doubt as to what sort of activities would be acceptable, the PSCF Foundation decided to scale back all the fundraising and the live performance; along with the essay, academics and school involvement were considered in the process. Expect to see our new Sweetheart of the Mountains, Hailey Crump, welcoming visitors to the Fair at the front gate at various times. She and Adeline will be riding in the parade and representing the Fair at events throughout the week. The official crowning and introduction of the Sweetheart of the Mountains and First Runner-Up will take place at the County Fair’s grandstand concert by local legend Jake Jacobson on the evening of Saturday, July 30th.