The first queen of the Shawville Fair: Phyllis Wilson by CALEB NICKERSON

Before it was rebranded as the Fair Ambassador, the Shawville Fair had a Dairy Queen Competition and Phyllis (Stewart) Wilson was the first to wear the crown back in 1958. Pictured, she holds up her crown and the keychain that participants won.

You’d be hard pressed to find a more experienced attendee at this year’s Shawville Fair than Phyllis (Stewart) Wilson. Back in 1958 she was crowned as the very first Dairy Queen, which was the precursor to the Fair Ambassador position.
Wilson grew up on a farm in Bristol and always looked forward to the fair, which was held in mid-September in those days.

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