UPDATED: Dow named Maine Wild Blueberry Queen

Brackett Miss Congeniality; Beal Crown Princess
By Daniel Dunkle | Aug 20, 2018
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Whitney Helene Dow is named Maine Wild Blueberry Queen.

Union — Whitney Helene Dow of Waldoboro was named the Maine Wild Blueberry Queen Monday night, Aug. 20, at the Union Fair.

Dow is a 2017 graduate of Medomak Valley High School and attends University of New England at Biddeford.

Sierra Nicole Beal of Tenants Harbor was named Crown Princess. Beal is a 2015 graduate of Oceanside High School. She attends University of Maine, Orono.

Jordan Lee Brackett of Owls Head was named Miss Congeniality. Brackett is a graduate of Oceanside High School. She is attending the University of Maine, Augusta.

The new queen was crowned by 2017 Queen Krisandra McNichol. The coronation is one of the iconic events of the Union Fair and Maine Wild Blueberry Festival each year. This year's fair kicked off Aug. 18 and runs through Aug. 25.

Union Fair President Ron Hawes presided over the ceremony, offering the opening prayer, introducing the princesses and asking them each questions about the Maine wild blueberry industry, which the event promotes. The princesses competing for the crown arrived in a horse-drawn carriage at the stage set up on the race track.

Shaun Yeatts, executive director of the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs, spoke at the event, pointing out the importance and history of agricultural fairs. He said the Maine wild blueberry industry contributes $250 million to the Maine economy each year. Maine produces 98 percent of the nation's wild blueberries.

McNichol and former Crown Princess Victoria Anderson also gave speeches at the event.

Sierra Nicole Beal is named Crown Princess. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Jordan Lee Brackett is named Miss Congeniality. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
From left, Crown Princess Sierra Nicole Beal; Blueberry Queen Whitney Helene Dow; and Miss Congeniality Jordan Lee Brackett. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
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