From the 1920s to the 1980s, take a look back at these Decatur pageants, in photos.
1949: Miss Marilee Scribner, center, last night was named Miss Decatur of 1949. She will compete for the Miss Illinois title at Quincy July 9. Runners up to Miss Scribner were Suzanne Malhoit, standing left, second place; Patricia Monroe, standing-right, third place; Jeannine Renowden, seated left, fourth place; and Pat Long, seated right, fifth place.
1976: The hopeful contestants wait patiently for their turn on the stage.
1976: Miss Macon County Fair Queen Jan Kenny exults after winning the title and is congratulated by contestant Beth Kling.
1978: Miss Macon County Fair Queen Debbie Conerty, right, and event supervisor Mrs. Don Dipper stand in front of candidates for this year's title.
1977: These 10 young women are among 24 seeking this year's Macon County Fair Queen title. They are, front row from left, Denise Chepan of 2102 Samuels St., Kristy Campbell, Lori Gorden, Pame Rosborough and Donna Christiansen. In back row, from left, are Diane Isenhart, Debbie Conerty, Jodi Rotz, Sue Bourisaw and Paula Russell.
1973: Melody Smith places a crown on the head of her successor, Maryanne Sandlin
1973: Miss Macon County Fair: Maryanne Sandlin
1977: Becky Meister, right, waits to give congratulations to Queen Debbie Conerty.
1977: Debbie Conerty, Macon County Fair Queen, in bathing suit, gown and with trophy and winning smile.
1958: Nancy Nottelmann. second from left, of Warrensburg was crowned Miss Decatur last night in a beauty pageant at the Masonic Temple
1986: Cheri Fenton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Fenton of Decatur, was chosen queen Thursday night in the 20th Annual Miss Decatur Recreation Pageant.
1980: Eleven-year-old Jill Schultz was crowned 1980 Miss Decatur Recreation.
1982: Ali Rebecca Gaus ignored a whisper and is now Miss Decatur Recreation.
1980: Jill Schultz, center, shows surprise as she is named Miss Decatur Recreation. Roni Hoffman, at left, Jamie Stirrett is at right.
1984: Tarnara Walker, at center, has just found out she was sponsored by the recreation department and is Miss Decatur Recreation 1984.
1984: Jennifer Scehnet performs at Miss Decatur Recreation Pageant.
1976: Tammy accepts congratulations from other contestants.
1983: Miss Decatur Recreation Stephanie Ray.
1978: Miss Decatur Recreation Franci Hector.
1978: The singing and tap dancing routing of "Miss Scarlet O'Hara" won the hearts of the judges Thursday night and for Franci Hector, 10, the Miss Decatur Recreation 19878 crown.
1977: Deanne reacts with surprise a she is named winner.
1974: Kim Nickels in her new role.
1981: Tina Bullock holds trophy after being crowned Miss Decatur Recreation.
1981: Newly crowned 1981 queen Tina Bullock, 10, drew on not only her own talents, but the expertise of her dance teacher, a former Miss Decatur Recreation, to capture her title.
1979: Jamie Stirrett, right, is crowned Miss Decatur Recreation.
1989: Angela Hughes celebrates her triumph in the fair's beauty pageant.
1988: Newly crowned Miss Decatur-Macon County Fair Queen Kari Jackson, right, receives a congratulatory hug Wednesday night from second runner-up Tiffany Brelsfoard (holding trophy).
1985: Nervous waiting. That's one thing any contestant in a beauty pageant learns all about. The 28 contestants in this year's Decatur-Macon County Fair Queen pageant were no exception.
1987: Jennifer Starr beams after winning pageant.
1985: The finalists, waiting for the final countdown.
Candidates in the Macon County Fair Queen contest and their sponsors include from left, back row, Martha Dye, 17, Sears, Roebuck & Co.; Cindy Toth, 18, Sears; Mary Hamilton, 18, Sears; Cheryl McKinney, 18, Sears; Annette Unser, 19, Sears; front row, Debra Grabb, 17, Borsay Studio; Paula Buck, 17, Myers Brothers; Kelly Guysinger, 16, Sears; and anita Cobb, 18, Fashion and Fabics.
1981: Lora Hall, the newly-crowned 1981 Miss Macon County Fair.
1990: Decatur-Macon County's Dustie Scott rehearses Monday.
1974: Annette Unser, newly crowned queen of the Decatur-Macon County Fair.
1977: Debbie Conerty is 1977 Decatur-Macon County Fair Queen.
1976: First runner-up Anne Hubbard, left, and second runner-up Teresa Brown hold their trophies.
1979: Miss Macon County Fair will be chosen from this group, the largest number ever entered in the contest.
1981: Forty-three candidates will vie for the title of Decatur-Macon County Fair Queen.
1980: These young women will compete for the title of Macon County Fair queen.
1977: These 10 young women are among 24 seeking the Macon County Fair Queen title. They are, front row from left, Julie Keller, Michele Greenberg, Nancy Hice, Diane Ferguson. In back grow, from left, are Jo Beth Heaton, Jill Ernst, Terri Cowell, Pam Marshall and Lisa Snow.
1972: Marcella Cline of Mount Zion, 1971 Macon County Fair queen, was among the contestants for Miss Illinois County Fair queen over the weekend.
1975: The fifteen young ladies pictured above will compete for the title of Miss Macon County Fair Queen. They are (first row) Karen Moore, Patricia Govro, Nancy Kunz; (second row) Michelle Gard, Sandra Kuehl, Penny Nichols; (third row) Debbi Coleman, Dawn Connor, Pamela Sheets, Karen Woodrum, Cindy Dudley; (fourth row) Donna Edwards, Lisa Musser, Linda Theroff and Dawn Faulkner.
1968: Miss Decatur 1968, Judy Taylor, at right looks in the mirror to see the results of a morning session with her hair dresser. Mrs. Robert Barber works on her hair in the inset picture, lower left. Miss Taylor, a junior at the University of Illinois, left Decatur this morning for Aurora, where she will participate in the Miss Illinois contest, which concludes Saturday.
1965: Karen Rubins is crowned Miss Decatur by Lynette Boatman at last night's pageant in the Masonic Temple. The contest is sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce.
1963: Miss Illinois crowns new Miss Decatur
1962: Marcia Kay Walters seeks Illinois title.
1967: Miss Decatur, Letitia Kopeke, is handy with a needle and thread.
1966: Miss Bristle, 19, a Millikin University freshman from La Grange Park, seems about to burst with happiness minutes after being crowned. The competition began a month ago with 18 entrants.
1964: Lynette Boatman shows both the figure and talent which helped make her Miss Decatur Saturday night. She is 5 feet 3 1/2, weights 109 pounds and has measurements of 34-22-34. A dance student for 12 years, she hopes to be a star some day in ballet.
1958: Miss Judy Slade, left, Miss Decatur of 1957, crowns Miss Nancy Nottelmann Miss Decatur of 1958 in a beauty pageant last night in the Masonic Temple. Miss Nottelman, 18, will now compete for the Miss Illinois title. The Miss Decatur contest was sponsored by the Decatur Junior Chamber of Commerce.
1967: Letitia Ann Koepke, Miss Decatur of 1967, packs for her trip to Aurora and the Miss Illinois Pageant which begins today. Miss Koepke, 20, will be a senior at Millikin University this fall.
1963: Marcia Schliper crows successor Judy Schliper
1961: Jackie K. Bean, Miss Decatur of 1961
1963: Miss Decatur Judith Schlieper
1973: Ann Owens wears the Miss Decatur Recreation crown.
1928: Beulah Kistler receives the key to the city from Mayor O.W. Smith. Kistler won the Miss Decatur contest.
EFFINGHAM (AP) — Who would have thought two years ago two solo music acts participating at a local open mic night would be playing together today.
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