Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, June 5 newspaper on Page 5.
JACKSON — With the 2019 Jackson County Fair right around the corner, several young ladies and gentlemen competed against one another for a spot as fair royalty.
Nine girls and four boys competed in the Jackson County Fair Little Miss and Mister Pageant for grades kindergarten through second on Friday, May 31, at the Jackson County Extension Office.
Friday evening’s pageant began with a welcome and introduction of the judges from First Attendant Abigail Meldick. The judges for the pageant were Jill Montle, Larissa Hileman and Christie Beck.
The emcee for the evening was 2018 Jackson County Fair Queen Lauren Gardner. Each contestant approached Gardner as she had the contestants introduce themselves. Then Gardner asked each of the contestants a series of questions, as well as a final question.
During an intermission, 2018 Little Miss and Mister McKayla Davison and Jonah Armstrong read their farewell speeches.
Named as the 2019 Jackson County Junior Fair Little Miss was Nevaeh Hightower. The title of 2019 Jackson County Junior Fair Little Mister went to Nolan Collins.
The pair will be officially crowned on Sunday, July 14, at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.
The pageants for grades four through six, seven and eight, nine and 10 and the fair queen contest were held at the Markay Cultural Art Center June 1.
Eight competed in the fourth, fifth and sixth grade pageant, one in the seventh and eighth grade pageant and one in the ninth and 10th grade pageant. Six completed for the title of fair queen.
Saturday evening’s pageant began with a welcome and introduction of the judges from 2018 Jackson County Fair Queen Lauren Gardner. Gardner served as the emcee along with her pawpaw, Carl Huntley.
The pageant was broken up into two pageant instead of four due to the number of contestants.
The first pageant was the fourth, fifth, sixth grade contest and included a seventh and eighth grade contestant since there was only one contestant entered in that contest. The judges for that pageant were Amy Kline, Taffie Smith and Colete Wine.
The second pageant had six contestants vying for the title of queen, and it included a ninth and 10th grade contestant since there was only one young lady entered in that contest. The judges for that pageant were Robin Hileman, Jill Montle and Larissa Hileman.
Each pageant had the same setup, with each contestant approaching Gardner as she had the contestants introduce themselves. She then asked each of the contestants a series of questions. Each contestant also had to define a word randomly pulled from a basket.
“Each of the girls is going to come up and we have words in a basket,” said Gardner. “Each girl is going to pick one and they are going to define the word and describe what it means to them.”
Huntley had the honor of reading the final question to each of the contestants, which was a different question per pageant.
Following the pageant, during an intermission, the 2018 Jackson County Fair Queen and Court gave their farewell speeches.
The winners for grades fourth through 10th were named at the contest, but will not be crowned until the fair.
Abby Thompson was named fourth, fifth, sixth grade attendant; Jasmine Clarkson was named seventh and eighth grade attendant; and Elizabeth Fannin was named ninth and 10th grade attendant.
Only the top three finalists for Jackson County Fair Queen were announced. Rylee Zinn, Madison Callahan, and Bethany Armstrong secured finalist spots. One will be named queen, while the others will be named first attendant or second attendant during the fair in July.
The results and score sheets from the pageant were secured in a locked Ohio Valley Bank bag and will be kept at the bank until the crowning on Sunday, July 14 at 4 p.m. at the fairgrounds’ grandstands.