Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Dec. 5 newspaper on Page A6.

McARTHUR — Lydia Lenegar was crowned the first-ever Christmas in Downtown queen, as the new pageant hosted its initial event on Dec. 1.

Lydia Lenegar will be representing Vinton County’s Christmas in Downtown festivities along with other members of the new court: Makayla Carpenter, Kaitlyn Sexton, Jessica Wells, Emma Todd, Tabatha Brewer and Olivia Case.

Carpenter and Sexton are the “Big Miss” first and second attendants, respectively; Wells is the “Junior Miss” with Todd as an attendant; and Brewer is the “Little Miss” with Case as an attendant.

Codi Kempton, director of the pageant, said she wanted to create a court that gave younger girls more of a chance to be in the spotlight, while also having a spot for older girls.

She said although organizers hit many bumps in the road, the overall experience at the first go-around was quite successful. She was thankful for the tremendous amount of support.

Lenegar, who is not new to pageantry, stated she is excited to create a bond with her new court and develop new friendships. She was also the winner of Miss Congeniality and Best Evening Gown. Lenegar was previously crowned 2017 Miss Vinton County.

As a whole, the court members are very excited for the upcoming year. With a total of 22 contestants and a crowd large enough for standing room only at the Vinton County Community Building, the pageant had a very successful debut.

More photos of the pageant are available at

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