POINT PLEASANT — One of the Mason County Fair’s most popular events, the fair queen contest, takes places at 8 p.m., this Monday on the fair’s main stage.
This year, 10 young ladies are vying for the title of fair queen and are competing for a wide array of prizes and of course, the prestige of reigning over the fair.
Competing this year are: Bre Ball, McKenna Bronosky, Gracie Cottrill, Lanie Craig, Katherine Deem, Conner Grady, Shelbie Mayes, Jordan Muncy, Emily Parsons and Emma Rice.
The new queen will be crowned by 2015 Fair Queen Mary Grace Workman.
The Fair Queen Contest is sponsored by Ohio Valley Bank and will include the presentation of the Annette Haynes Award and Brandy Barkey Sweeney Community Service Award. The pageant is under the direction of Andrea Henderson and Aimee Stein.
More on this year’s contestants, in alphabetical order:
Ball, of Letart, is the daughter of Tracy and Michelle Ball. She’s sponsored by Mason County Sheriff Greg Powers, is a graduate of the PPHS Class of 2015 and attends Marshall University where she studies nursing. She’s an 11-year member of the Hillbillies 4-H Club, member of the junior fair board, has shown various livestock projects at the fair including replacement heifer, feeder calf and special lamb. She received a state FFA degree last June and is currently working on her American Degree, she has also held several offices in FFA, competed and participated in various FFA functions. She’s assisted with Special Olympics, West Virginia State Farm Museum, Pleasant Valley Hospital cuddling program, is a member of New Hope Bible Baptist Church. Her future plans are to graduate from nursing school and pursue a career in obstetrics.
Bronosky, of Point Pleasant, is the daughter of Julie and the late Christopher Bronosky. She’s sponsored by Victoria’s Prom and Bridal and is a member of the PPHS Class of 2018. Her school activities include varsity letters in band, tennis, color guard and basketball. She’s a member of student council, National Junior Honor Society and assists with Special Olympics. In addition, she’s a nine-year member of 4-H, in which she’s held various offices and positions. Her future plans are to attend Liberty University to major in early childhood education.
Cottrill of Point Pleasant, is the daughter of William and Marla Cottrill, a member of the PPHS Class of 2018 and is sponsored by Willa’s Bibles and Gifts. Her school activities include Junior National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, student council member, member of Black Knight Marching Band including concert band and show ensemble, varsity volleyball player, All-State Choir member, PROMISE scholar. She’s a seven-year 4-H member where she’s held different offices and is currently a member of the Happy Hustlers 4-H Club, she’s shown various livestock projects including feeder calf and participated in beef and dairy projects. She’s a member of New Hope Bible Baptist Church where she’s in the praise band, she’s assisted with feeding homeless people in Huntington, assisted flood victims in Rainelle and is a member of Mason County Teen Right to Life. Her future plans include attending Liberty University to major in education.
Craig of Ashton, is the daughter of Laura Michelle Craig-Moffitt and Craig Bowman Moffitt, a graduate of Hannan High School Class of 2016 and is sponsored by Siders Jeweler’s. School activities included cheerleading, volleyball, Hannan FFA and student council where she held offices, livestock judging team, archery, recipient of the Jack and Babs Fruth Scholarship. She was an attorney in Teen Court, has completed mission trips with Point of Faith and Gospel Lighthouse churches, has participated in Teen Institute, is a PROMISE Scholar, was awarded the Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Scholarship, Bill Banks Memorial Scholarship, has won various awards in agriculture and academics, as well as community service awards. Her future plans include attending Concord University in the fall to study political science, with aspirations of going on to WVU Law School.
Deem of Point Pleasant, is the daughter of Deron and Melissa Deem, a member of the PPHS Class of 2016 and is sponsored by Richard Walker, CPA. She has held positions on student council, including president, was a member of the National Honor Society and the Black Knight Marching Band Color Guard, theatre chair, All-State Choir member, concert band, is the 2016 Ohio Valley Bank 4-H Scholar, WVU Presidential Scholar. She’s a member of the Kountry Kritters 4-H Club where she’s held various offices, has held a position on the junior fair board and is a member of Sandhill Road Church of Christ Youth Group. Her future plans are to attend WVU in the fall.
Grady of Mt. Alto, is the daughter of Michael and Deanna Grady, a member of the PPHS Class of 2017 and is sponsored by J & R Auto Repair. She’s in the PPHS Black Knight Band color guard, concert band, FFA, FBLA, secretary of YLA, a member of the PPHS choir, school show ensemble, involved with the Soles for Souls Shoe Drive, March of Dimes, Leon Elementary Good News Club, summer reading program and Leon PTO Hunters Breakfast. She has held various offices in FFA, is a member of Carriers of the Cross Teenage Bible Study group, Oma Chapel Church Youth Group and its Backpack Snacks program, has assisted with PVH Auxiliary baby blanket donations, Ronald McDonald House donations, Mason County Relay for Life, Mason County Right to Life, Point of Faith Jericho Walk and more. Her future plans include pursuing a career in pediatric physical therapy.
Mayes of Apple Grove, is the daughter of Mark and Becky Plants and Larry Mayes, a member of the Hannan High School Class of 2016 and is sponsored by Plants Logging. School activities included National Honor Society where she was also treasurer, Hannan FFA where she held several offices, varsity volleyball and softball, student council, archery club, member of RAZE, SADD and FBLA. She’s also a 9-year member of the Go-Getters 4-H Club where she has also held offices and was a page for the West Virginia House of Delegates. She is attending Mountwest College with plans on finishing her business management degree with hopes of owning her own business.
Muncy of Gallipolis Ferry, is the daughter of Pam and Scott Muncy and a member of the PPHS Class of 2016 where she graduated summa cum laude, she is sponsored by Pleasant Valley Hospital. She is a PROMISE Scholar and received the Vandalia Scholarship, is a member of 4-H where she’s held offices and completed a variety of projects, as a member of FFA she has held various offices and won several awards, including those in agriscience and in beef and goat production, she has also attended many FFA conferences and visited several chapters around the state. She’s a member of Mason County LSIC, the PVH Jr. Auxiliary (president 2015-16), National Honor Society member, as well as member of National Technical Honor Society and student council. Her future plans include attending WVU and majoring in accounting.
Parsons of Leon, is the daughter of Abra and Scott Parsons, a member of the PPHS Class of 2017 and is sponsored by Lifetite Metal. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, art and soccer clubs and assists in the Soles for Souls Shoe Drive. She’s the current president of the Busy 4’s 4-H Club and has held several other offices in the organization, is a member of Ashton Baptist Church where she’s a vacation Bible school leader, a junior counselor for Clover Bud Camp, a volunteer for Adopt-A-Highway and various community service projects. Her future plans include attending WVU for a degree in dermatology.
Rice of Point Pleasant, is the daughter of Olin and Jonna Rice, a member of the PPHS Class of 2017 and sponsored by Village Pizza Inn. She is a varsity member of the PPHS soccer team, girls track team and is an academic letterman, including PPHS National Honor Society Member and treasurer. She’s a nine-year member of the Kountry Kritters 4-H Club and has shown market lambs for several years at the fair where she’s also won showman awards as well as market awards. She’s also a participant in the Special Lamb program, assisting those with disabilities. She has earned Green Hand and Discovery Degrees through FFA, is a member of Charlie’s Angels Relay for Life team, attends Lifespring Community Church, coaches Upwards Soccer, 4-H counselor, runs 5K races, has won awards in various school art shows. Her future plans are to attend WVU to major in biology with hopes of eventually being admitted into its schools of dentistry.
When it comes to awards, the fair queen contest is supported by a variety of local businesses and individuals. The awards list is as follows:
Queen: Crown, courtesy of Siders Jewelers. Sash, courtesy of Deal Funeral Home. Flowers courtesy of Floral Fashions. Crown Pin, courtesy of Victoria’s Prom & Bridal. $600 cash award, presented by Ohio Valley Bank. $75 Gift certificate courtesy of Advanced Design. $100 Gas Card courtesy of Camp Conely Mart, $50 Gas Card Point Financial Services Insurance, $50 gift certificate from Birds of a Feather Boutique, Magnetic Car Signs courtesy of KDL Autobody. Photo session and a 16 x 20 framed portrait courtesy of Main Street Photography. $100 cash for queen to use for food during the week of the fair courtesy of M&G Polymers. Camper for queen’s lodging during the fair courtesy of Burdette Camping Center. Golf Cart for queen’s transportation during the fair courtesy Henderson Family. Trophy and an all expense paid trip to compete in the 2017 West Virginia Fairs and Festivals Pageant in Charleston in January, courtesy of the Mason County Fair Board. Queen’s prize basket filled with items from area business sponsored by Airbrush Tanning by Colleen Arrington, Ashley Cossin-Younique Consultant, Ashley Ord, Bill & Amy Crank, Chappy’s Treasures, DD Handmades, Deem Team, Emages Consulting, Foxy Locks, Haley Sturgeon, Heidi’s Sweet Boutique, It Works Consultant Katie Lukomoski, Jim & Kathy Bowser, Jordan Glover, Joann Cullen, Kalee Edmonds, Lexxy Meadows, Magic Mirror-Kim Pridmore, Magic Mirror Teresa Krebs, Marketta Crum, Mason Jar, McDonald’s, Oliverio’s, Pam Jarvis Pink Zebra Consultant and Jamberry Consultant, Patty Roush, Robbie & Katrina Greenlee, Scentsy Representative- Kelly Fields, Shama Canterbury- Perfectly Posh Consultant, Stover Trucking Co., Subway, The Rustic Shed, Thomas Boar Goats, Victoria’s Prom and Bridal, and Younique Consultant- Ceira Gremillion, Ashley Buckle-Paparazi and 31 consultant, Sarah Billings-Avon Consultant, Jessica Whittington-Nerium consultant. Also, John Sang Ford will provide a car for each parade the queen participates in.
First Runner-up: Sash, courtesy of Deal Funeral Home. Flowers, courtesy of Floral Fashions. Trophy, courtesy of the Mason County Fair Board. An 8 x 10 portrait, courtesy of Main Street Photography and a $200 cash award courtesy of the Ohio Valley Bank
Second Runner-up: Sash, courtesy of Deal Funeral Home. Flowers, courtesy of Floral Fashions. Trophy, courtesy of the Mason County Fair Board. An 8 x 10 portrait, courtesy of Main Street Photography and a $ 100 cash award courtesy of the Ohio Valley Bank
Third Runner-up: Sash, courtesy of Deal Funeral Home. Flowers, courtesy of Floral Fashions. Trophy, courtesy of the Mason County Fair Board. An 8 x 10 portrait, courtesy of Main Street Photography and $ 50 cash award courtesy of the Ohio Valley Bank.
Miss Congeniality: $200 cash award, presented in memory of Annette Hanes by Annette’s Family. $25 cash award, courtesy of Ohio Valley Bank. Sash courtesy of Deal Funeral Home. Trophy, courtesy of the Mason County Fair Board. Flowers, courtesy of Floral Fashions. An 8 x 10 portrait, courtesy of Main Street Photography.
Miss Photogenic: Gift courtesy of Picture Perfect Productions
All contestants will receive: Tee shirt sponsored by AB Contracting Modular Division. Rhinestone bracelet sponsored by Victoria’s Prom & Bridal. Fair Pass from Mason County Fair Board.
Top Promotional Award: When the Mason County Fair Queen competes in the West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals pageant each January, she must give a 30-second promotional about the fair she represents. The contestant who receives the highest score in this category at the Mason County Fair will receive a gift basket courtesy of This-N-That Cafe.
Top Evening Gown Award: The contestant who receives the highest score in this category at the Mason County Fair will receive a gift basket courtesy of Naomi Lanier – Mary Kay Consultant.
Fair Parade Awards sponsored by Stover Trucking Company, LLC are: First Place $75; Second Place $50; Third Place, $25.
Brandy Barkey Community Service Award: Plaque and $25 cash award presented by Brandy Barkey Sweeney.
Other major pageant sponsors: Presbyterian Church, Point Pleasant Register, Randy Parsons (emcee), Williams Fuel Stop, Village Pizza, Fair Queen Contestant dads, Red’s Rollen Garage and Truck Center, Heritage International Trucks, John Sang Ford, Napa Auto Parts, Fruth’s, Nationwide Insurance – Jon Parrack, The Wolf 93.1, WBYG 99.5, Burton Logging, LLC.
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