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    Nevaeh Cushing, 5, of Windsor, waits to walk over to the stage for the Maine Strawberry Queen Pageant on the last day of the Pittston Fair.

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    From left, Reese Bailey, 11, hugs Lily Belanger, 11, before the start of the Maine Strawberry Queen Pageant at Pittston Fair.

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    Alyvia Caruso, 13, helps Megan Caruso, 18, zip up her dress as they get ready in the vegetable contest exhibit room before the start of the the Maine Dairy Princess Scholarship Pageant.

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    Charlotte Garloff, 5, of Pittston, in her sparkly heels for the Maine Strawberry Queen Pageant.

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    Alyvia Caruso's pageant sash at the Maine Dairy Princess Scholarship Pageant at the Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair. The contestants are sponsored by Maine Dairy Farms and talk about their farm, or what dairy farming means to them during the speech portion of the contest.

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    Billie Jo Cushing puts nascar on her daughter Nevaeh Cushing, 5, before the Maine Strawberry Queen Pageant at the Pittston Fair.

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    Ryleigh Quimby, 6, waits to get her photo taken before competing in Little Miss section of the Maine Dairy Princess Scholarship Pageant. Quimby is from Albion and is sponsored by her family's dairy operation, Quimby Farm.

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    Lexi Dumont poses for a portrait at the Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair. Dumont was crowned the Maine Dairy Princess in 2016.

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    Contestants in the Maine Strawberry Queen Pageant line up for a group photo at the Pittston Fair.

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    Nevaeh Cushing sits carefully on the couch inside the Strawberry Queen building after getting ready for the pageant.

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    From left, Phoebe Fairservice, 10, of Pittston, Kiley Hutchinson, 7, of Pittston, and Lexi Benner, 6, of West Gardiner walk down to the stage for the Maine Strawberry Queen Pageant.

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    Junior and Little Miss contestants lined up after the winner was announced at the Maine Dairy Princess Scholarship Pageant at the Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair.

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    Kylie Rowe, 11, of Palmrya, talks about her dairy farm sponsor, Taylor Dairy Farm, during the speech portion of the Maine Dairy Princess Scholarship Pageant.

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    Alizabeth Clark, 7, of Skowhegan, gets ready to perform a dance for the talent portion of the Maine Dairy Princess Scholarship Pageant.

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    All of the Maine Dairy Princess Scholarship Pageant contestants line up on stage as they wait for the winner to be announced in Clintonr.

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    Alyvia Caruso, 13, last year's Jr. Maine Dairy Princess winner, looks around at the crowd during this year's competition.

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    Emily Ripley poses for a portrait with her father Ken Ripley before competing in the Maine Strawberry Queen Pageant. Ripely was named 2017 Maine Strawberry Princess.

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    A winning trophy at the Maine Strawberry Pageant is placed to the side during photos.

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    Brittany Gilboy, the 2013 Maine Strawberry Queen, poses for a portrait with her 3-month-old daughter, Isabella, before the pageant at the Pittston Fair. Gilboy said that she plans on entering Isabella in the pageant when she is old enough.

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    A family leaves the Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair after the Maine Dairy Princess Scholarship pageant. The fair celebrated 64 years in 2017.

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