McARTHUR — Sydnee Knox is known by many in Vinton County for her efforts on the softball field or volleyball court, or perhaps for her roles in various Viking Players productions.

Now people can know her as Wild Turkey Festival royalty.

Standing before a sea of umbrellas, Knox was crowned queen on the main stage Saturday night. She is joined by First Attendant McKenzie Radabaugh and Second Attendant Taylor Moore.

The pageant was held April 20, featuring fellow contestants Ashlyn Canode, Shayla Alcorn, Kylie Ferrell, Zoe Games and Ashtyn Johnson. The eight could be seen during festival week selling raffle tickets, welcoming visiting courts at a luncheon at Central Elementary and riding in the Grand Parade held just before the crowning.

The 2018 Wild Turkey Festival court — Queen Isabelle Lambert, First Attendant Kiki Barlow and Second Attendant Averi Peoples — said their goodbyes and wished the new court well.

“Choose kindness,” Peoples said, “and choose love.”

The three winners also received scholarships worth $1,250, $500 and $250 respectively.

Knox also earned an entry into the Miss Teen Ohio USA pageant.

Contestants were judged for their poise during interviews, their character and their style. This year also brought on a new award: “Best Turkey Gobble.” Awards announced on crowning night included:

  • Fun Outfit Award: Shayla Alcorn
  • Essay Award: Ashlyn Canode
  • Interview Award: McKenzie Radabaugh
  • Best Turkey Gobble: McKenzie Radabaugh
  • Cocktail Dress Award: Ashtyn Johnson
  • Spirit of the Wild Turkey Festival: Zoe Games
  • Evening Gown Award: Sydnee Knox
  • Community Spirit Award: Sydnee Knox
  • People’s Choice Award: Taylor Moore; @sydneydawes_95

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