2012-08-16 / Community

Fair Week Blast from the past

Pioneer Tribune - Aug. 23, 1962


U.P. Fair Queen, Nancy Johnson, 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barney Johnson of Manistique, was chosen as Queen of the Upper Peninsula State Fair last Wednesday night. U.P. Fair Queen, Nancy Johnson, 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barney Johnson of Manistique, was chosen as Queen of the Upper Peninsula State Fair last Wednesday night. Nancy Johnson of Manistique, in her role as Princess Wah-Wah- Tay-See and telling the legend of Kitchi-iti-kipi, was crowned as queen of the 1962 U.P. State Fair Wednesday night.

She delighted the afternoon grandstand audience with her authentic Indian costume of white leather and ancient Chippewa jewelry over 200 years old. She explained her costume and the theme – the romantic legend of an Indian brave and his sweetheart.

A wholesome outdoors-type queen, Nancy enjoys all sorts of sports, but places special emphasis on scuba diving and swimming. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barney Johnson of Manistique.

Judged on her speech, costume and theme, activities, natural beauty and personality, the new queen topped 16 other contestants from the U.P.

Nancy married her high school sweetheart Jack Armstrong in 1964; she passed away on Jan. 20, 2011. She and Jack lived in Arizona and summered at their home on Indian Lake in Manistique. Jack continues to split his time between both.

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