Amanda Guerino of Beverly is Crowned Mrs. Essex County 2019 at the Topsfield Fair

Beverly’s Amanda Guerino took home the crown during this year’s annual Mrs. Essex County Pageant, which was held as part of the annual festivities of the Topsfield Fair.

“I’m honored to be named Mrs. Essex County and to represent the Essex Agricultural Society as their ambassador,” said Amanda Guerino. “I have been involved with the Topsfield Fair since childhood and when my grandfather would enter chickens under the name of his grandchildren.”

As a teenager, Guerino said she became involved in the Fine Arts Department and, for the past 12 years, has served as the chairman of that department, overseeing the 350 professional and amateur entrants.

The contestants were judged on poise, general stage presence, an interview and a culinary arts submission.

Guerino’s Nonni’s Pizza Dip came in first in the food competition.

The first runner up was Borany Wicks of Peabody and the second runner up was Natasha Bansfield from Middleton.

The Topsfield Fair’s Mrs. Essex County Pageant is open each year to married women currently living in Essex County who are at least 18 years of age. Each contestant submits a prepared food item; this year, their family’s favorite appetizer. In keeping with Topsfield Fair’s agricultural roots, contestants were urged to “Buy Local” and use ingredients from local farms in their entries.

As Mrs. Essex County, Guerino will be instrumental in the Essex Agricultural Society’s goal to educate the general public regarding their importance in an atmosphere of fun and excitement through the medium of the Topsfield Fair.

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