INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — Indiana has a new state fair queen, and the winner is a Purdue student.
Claudia Duncan is a sophomore studying data science from Evansville. At Purdue, Duncan is involved in the Honors Mentor Program, Women in Science Mentor Program and works for the Center for Career Opportunities.
This summer, she will travel to 45 county fairs in preparation of the state fair. The Miss Vanderburgh County Queen was selected over 83 other contestants from across the state. She says 4-H really set her up for success in life.
"I used to be a really shy third grader when I started [4-H]," said Duncan. "I was scared to order at restaurants. I was scared to talk to people. By the end of this, as Miss Vandeburgh County, I was speaking in front of thousands and thousands of people without even being nervous."
Duncan is proud to carry on what has become a Purdue tradition. Eight of the past 10 Indiana State Fair queens have been Boilermakers.
"One of the things I love about being at Purdue is that there is a Boilermaker sense of pride," said Duncan. "With Purdue being a very prestigious ag school, a lot of those 4-H'ers, and a lot of those people who are involved in those county fairs, come to Purdue."
Miss Newton County was the only fair queen to place from the News 18 viewing area. Devin Hindes won 2nd Runner-Up and also was named Miss Congeniality.
The 2020 Indiana State Fair is Aug. 7-23.