POINT PLEASANT — Sometimes the best things in life are the unexpected.
Madison Crank of Henderson says she didn’t expect to be chosen as the 2012 Mason County Fair Queen.
“I didn’t expect to win at all,” Crank said. “It felt surreal, like it could never really happen but it did. It was unexpected. It was amazing.”
Crank was crowned on the first night of the Mason County Fair and from the moment the crown was placed on her head, she hit the ground running. She was everywhere on the fairgrounds, from livestock shows to events on the main stage - this whirlwind went on all week long. Crank handed out ribbons, banners and smiles when taking photographs with countless fair winners, many of whom now share one of their fondest memories with Crank in the background.
“I felt so blessed,” Crank said about being chosen as last year’s fair queen. “I had a permanent smile on my face all week.”
Of course being fair queen doesn’t end once the fairgrounds close up for the year. After the fair, Crank traveled to countless other towns and participated in parades near and far as Mason County’s representative. She said one of her favorite memories during her reign was going to the Milton Pumpkin Festival with her mother and grandmother, spending the day with her family while also taking in everything pumpkin - she even hurled an ax. And, yes, the 2012 Mason County Fair Queen actually hit her target.
Crank said one of the best parts about being fair queen was getting to meet people and impact their lives in some way. She recalled reading to students at Ashton Elementary and Point Pleasant Primary School. In all, she interacted with over 400 students.
She also recalled representing the fair at Christmas time by handing out stockings at the Twin Towers; how she ran out and returned with more, and in doing so had an opportunity to go into the apartment of one resident to not only pass out the stocking but speak to him. He told her that was the best part of his day.
“It’s amazing how God works,” she said.
In addition to being fair queen, Crank was also chosen as the West Virginia Beef Ambassador and was flown out to Sacramento, Calif. by the West Virginia Cattlewomen to compete at a national beef expo. There she gave a youth presentation interview, consumer presentation and took an essay test. She has also appeared on the local John Marra show, at the state fair and served steak to Jim Bostic, the president of the Cattlemen’s Association. She’s spoken to 4-H groups, the farm bureau, county commission, rotary, to countless business men and woman on her journey.
Crank will attend Concord University in Athens in the fall, studying pre-medicine and majoring in biology.
As for giving up her title on Monday night, Crank says it will be a sad moment but she hopes the next queen gets to experience all that this “once in a lifetime” opportunity can offer.
Sharing the stage with Crank on Monday will be sister Ashten who is competing in the fair queen competition this year. The pageant starts at 8 p.m. on the Main Stage for those who want to see whether Madison will be passing her crown to her little sister, or another deserving contestant, all of whom have been working hard to get ready for the big night.
“There are so many people to thank who made my experience amazing,” Madison said. “I’m indebted to all who have helped this year. “