A panel of three judges will select this year’s Washington Town and Country Fair queen.
The queen will be crowned Wednesday, Aug. 6, opening night of the Fair, at 6:30 p.m. on the Main Stage.
The coronation is starting earlier this year because there will be a concert following the contest. Christian singer Matthew West will perform at 8:30 p.m.
The judges are Jules Karagiannis, St. Louis; Danelle Brown, Glen Carbon, Ill.; and Marty Clement, St. Louis.
Karagiannis is a native of St. Louis. After briefly attending Loyola University, New Orleans, she returned home and married, and started a family.
“My amazing husband of 27 years, Dino, and our two beautiful daughters, Mary, age 27, and Eleni, age 24, are the lights of my life,” she said. “Together we are fortunate enough to own and operate one of the premier steak houses in St. Louis — the Tenderloin Room located in the historic Chase Park Plaza in the Central West End.”
While her husband runs the front end of the business, Karagiannis handles the marketing and PR. Mary is the head bartender and Eleni is the head hostess and event coordinator.
Karagiannis also is the buyer/merchandiser at Greenbriar Hills Country Club in Kirkwood.
“Both jobs bring me true satisfaction,” she said.
Brown is the founder and president of Queen Bee Consulting, a certified business coach, certified thinking coach, and author of “Soulmate Proprietors: How to Run a Business With Your Spouse and Stay Married.”
As a professional business coach, Brown specializes in working with small businesses, helping them to identify and focus on their target markets to maximize profits and get more clients while balancing work and family life.
Having run her own technology and consulting services company with her husband Marcel, she uses her own experiences of running a small business to help her clients.
Brown’s specialties include business coaching, social media, marketing and accountability programs. She instructs business owners and authors, and helps them implement social media strategies and marketing plans to spread their messages and grow their business.
Clement is a business consultant and St. Louis resident.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Webster University and his master’s from Washington University.
His career has included a variety of successful roles at local companies, including AT&T, Mercy and Enterprise.
Clement also teaches business and technology at Lindenwood University.
His interests include history, world studies, communications and technology.
He loves animals and enjoys time with family and friends appreciating good food, drink and fine arts.
The judges will conduct individual interviews with each of the contestants the day of the event. The girls will be judged on personality, wit, honesty and spontaneity.
The contestants also will be judged on appearance and poise during the competition. In addition to the queen, the judges will select a first and second runner-up.
The candidates will vote on Miss Congeniality prior to the coronation. The winner will be announced along with the queen and her court.
The queen will receive a $2,500 scholarship to the college of her choice. The first runner-up will win a $1,000 scholarship and the second runner-up will receive a $750 scholarship. Miss Congeniality will be awarded a $500 scholarship.
During the five-day Fair, the queen and her court will make special appearances and carry out promotional duties. They will be assisted by the queen contest committee — Becky Stieffermann, chair; Danielle Unnerstall, co-chair; and members Nicole Brueggenjohann, Becky Cox, Dee Forshee, Jamie Kuenzie, Nikki Larrison, Jill Poepsel and Nancy Schweissguth.
Libby Marquart, 2013 Fair Queen, will crown this year’s winner. Her court included Emily Blocker, first runner-up; Ashley Eckelkamp, second runner-up; and Laura Kenny, Miss Congeniality.