Paulette Pahler, center, was the fair's first queen in 1969. When the contest first began, contestants were drawn from their hometowns, where initial contests were held. Pahler was the Maid of San Miguel before competing at the county level.
The fair queen and her princesses smile after being crowned in 1976. The fair queen is like an ambassador, the one who meets and greets visitors, introduces fair acts and waves during parades. Photo courtesy of the Mid-State Fair. Photo courtesy of the Mid-State Fair
Jacky Coon Eshelby was named Maid of San Luis Obispo County in 1986. That was the first year the pageant included a talent show, and she entertained the judges with a skit mimicking Lily Tomlin's Edith Ann character.
Shosana Belch of Arroyo Grande, center, won Maid of San Luis Obispo County in 1989. First runner-up was Cheryl Johnston, left, and second runner-up was Cheri Padgett.
Tracy Noland of San Luis Obispo, center, was crowned Maid of San Luis Obispo County in 1990. Angel York, left, was second runner-up, and Heather Morrison was first runner-up. The Tribune
Ten young women were vying for the Maid of San Luis Obispo County crown in 1990. The contestants were, from left, Christine Silva, Britta Swearingen, Cindy Coffman, Denise Barr, Marina Earwood, Tracy Noland, Betsy Lou Wipple, Angel York, Natalie Rigali and Heather Morrison. David Middlecamp
Kara Lyn McCain, 17, of Atascadero was crowned 1991 Miss San Luis Obispo County at the Mid-State Fair. She said she planned to become a doctor and work with terminally ill children. The Tribune
Katie Mass, 22, of Nipomo promenades with other contestants vying for the title of Miss San Luis Obispo County in 1991. The Tribune
Contestants in the 1991 Miss San Luis Obispo County pageant were, from left, Kara McCain, Kathy Minnick, Kelly Lynch, Michele Childress, Robyn Adams, Katie Bianchi, Angela Casano, Lanie Graham, Daniell Gularte, Jennifer Shannon, Susan Bressan, Angie Osborn and Katie Mass. The Tribune
Among Miss California Mid-State Fair's duties in 2002 was judging the Ugly Cake Contest. Pageant winner Katelyn Kaney, second from right, got help from Larry Starling, left, Kaytee Kwast and Carlie Peterson. The Tribune
Destini Gillham, 2003's Miss California Mid-State Fair, is flanked by first runner-up Erica Courter, left, and second runner-up Ashley Patricio. Gillham was not new to being feted at the fair: Five years earlier, her lamb, Blue, won a grand champion ribbon.
Miss California Mid-State Fair 2004 Mackenzie Brown, front, and Carlie Peterson prepare for a photo shoot. Brown, of Atascadero, made her first impression on the fair's Fort Frontier Stage in a black leather vest she decorated with "huge red, glittery lips." During the talent portion of the pageant, she played the piano. The Tribune
Lindsay Jopes, far right, was crowned Miss California Mid-State Fair in 2005. The 18-year-old Cuesta College student sang "Get on Your Feet" by Gloria Estefan and was voted Miss Congeniality by her peers. Standing with her are fellow pageant contestants, from left, Laura Williams, Chantal Burns, Amber Wickersham and Aimee Day. The Tribune
Chantal Burns receives a kiss from runner-up Kayleen Kester after being crowned Miss California Mid-State Fair in 2006. The Tribune
Chelsea Haskins, 18, of Atascadero was crowned Miss California Mid-State Fair in 2007. She advocated humane treatment of animals as her fair platform. She sang 'Our Song' by Taylor Swift in the pageant's talent competition. The Tribune
Ashley Greenawalt, 18, formerly of Templeton, covers her face as her name is announced as the winner of the Miss California Mid-State Fair contest in 2008. Genesis Bell, 17, of Templeton, who received the Miss Congeniality award, is shown at far left. Next to her is Tommy Loyd, 17, of Paso Robles. The fourth contestant, Amanda Thorson, 22, of Paso Robles isn't pictured, but she won first runner-up. The Tribune
Millie Podesta of Templeton was crowned Miss California Mid-State Fair in 2009. She picked her platform, 'Armed Services Appreciation,' based on a family tradition: military service.
Tommy Lynn Loyd was crowned Miss California Mid-State Fair in 2010. For the talent portion of the contest, she swung through saloon doors and used a lasso and toy guns as props as she danced to Brooks and Dunn's 'Play Something Country.' Read more » The Tribune
Danielle Hallman was crowned 2011 Miss California Mid-State Fair on the Frontier Stage at the Paso Robles Event Center. Hallman, 18, is a graduate of Paso Robles High School. Joe Johnstonjjohnston@thetribunenews.com
Savannah Hoagland wears the crown as 2012 Miss California Mid-State Fair. A Templeton 4-H Club photography leader, she is a four-year member of the CMSF Junior Fairboard and a former Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation student. Joe Johnstonjjohnston@thetribunenews.com
Sabrina Dunn, 18, of Templeton won the Miss California Mid-State Fair pageant on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. She's a graduate of Templeton High School. Brittany AppCalifornia Mid-State Fair
Taylor Lindquist, an 18-year-old Cal Poly student, was named Miss California Mid-State Fair on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Brittany AppCalifornia Mid-State Fair
Riley Shannon was named Miss California Mid-State Fair for 2015. Brittany AppCalifornia Mid-State Fair