Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Sept. 18 newspaper on Page A7.

JACKSON — Snow White, Belle and the Fairy Godmother paid a special visit to 12th annual Little Miss Apple Festival reception and exhibit opening this past week.

Bryna Butler, the bank’s vice president of corporate communications, told The Courier that each year there is a reception for the outgoing little miss and the top 10 finalists.

At the reception, which was held on Thursday, Sept. 12, there were light refreshments, bags of goodies and of course, Disney princesses.

Belle had the girls gather around her as she read them a short book about apples. The outgoing little miss and finalists also got the chance to pose alongside the princesses for a group photo.

OVB Assistant Vice President and Jackson County Regional Manager Joe Wyant acted as the emcee for the evening and he interviewed 2018 Apple Festival Little Miss Jadyn Dunkle and the 2019 Little Miss Finalists.

The evening wrapped up with a ribbon-cutting to a special exhibit in the lobby of the bank that honors Dunkle’s reign. The exhibit runs through the week of the Apple Festival and features souvenirs from her past year that include photos, special dresses and some of her favorite things.

The final part of the Little Miss Apple Festival Queen Contest will be held at noon on the main stage, on Saturday, Sept. 21 of the 2019 Jackson Apple Festival.

Following is a list of the 10 finalists, who competed in the preliminary contest in the spring:

  • Brayley Anders is the 7-year-old daughter of Trey & Nicole Anders of Jackson.
  • Kennedy Knittel is the 6-year-old daughter of Chad & Brittny Knittel of Jackson.
  • Savannah Evans is the 7-year-old daughter of Ashley McCain and Wes Evans of Oak Hill.
  • McKenna Orton is the 7-year-old daughter of Caleb & Alicia Orton of Jackson
  • Kaylah Spengler is the 6-year-old daughter of Justin & Mallory Spengler of Jackson.
  • Ava Barnes is the 5-year-old daughter of Jeremy & Kaylyn Barnes of Jackson.
  • Hailey Leach is the 6-year-old daughter of Owen & Mindy Leach of Jackson.
  • Sophia Ross is the 7-year-old daughter of Brian & Ashlee Ross of Jackson.
  • Hannah Moore is the 7-year-old daughter of Stephen & Jenny Moore of Jackson.
  • Shaylee Wyant is the 6-year-old daughter of Haley Denney and Blake Wyant of Jackson.

One lucky young lady will be crowned 2019 Jackson Apple Festival Little Miss Queen following the contest.

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