POINT PLEASANT — Seven contestants will be vying for one of Mason County’s most coveted titles — Fair Queen.
The fair queen pageant takes place at 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 5 on the main stage at the Mason County Fairgrounds. Several awards will also be presented, including the Annette Hanes Award, Amy Boggs Award and Brandy Barkey Community Service Award. There are also 75 sponsors for this year’s pageant. This year’s queen will be crowned by 2012 Fair Queen Madison Crank.
Those young ladies competing for the crown of the 2013 Mason County Fair Queen are: Bre’Anna Ball of Letart, daughter of Tracy Ball and Michelle Ball. Ashten Crank of Henderson, daughter of Bill and Amy Crank. Mackenzie McClure of Letart, daughter of Roy McClure and Wilma McClure. Haley Sturgeon of Gallipolis Ferry, daughter of Rocky and Susan Sturgeon. Kayla Thomas of Leon, daughter of David and JoAnn Thomas. Caroline Thompson of Letart, daughter of Matthew Thompson and Kendra Thompson. Kelsey Zuspan of West Columbia, daughter of Frederick and Sonia Zuspan.
Ball, a student at PPJ/SHS, is involved in the Mason County FFA, Hillbillies 4-H Club, has a feeder calf project, was first runner-up Miss 4-H, first runner-up Junior Miss 4-H and helps with the Good News Club at Point Pleasant Intermediate School. She won the 2012 Public Speaking Award for FFA and is on this year’s livestock team for FFA. The three words she uses to describe herself are outgoing, caring and respectful.
Crank, a student at Ohio Valley Christian School, has been involved with 4-H since she was eight years old, holding several offices, she has shown market lambs, steers and earned numerous ribbons for county and state projects, photography contests and fair exhibits. She has competed in and won the Beef Cook-off Competition two times at the West Virginia Beef Expo, she volunteers at the West Virginia State Farm Museum, has led games at the Point Pleasant Halloween Block Party, planted flowers at Gunn Park and makes monthly visits to a local nursing home to visit and sing to residents. The three words she uses to describe herself are passionate, empathetic and spontaneous.
McClure, a student at Wahama High School, is involved with the Mason County FFA where she is the chapter secretary and has won several awards - including awards in public speaking, talent show and record keeping. She also shows market meat goats at the fair. She plans to attend West Virginia University, majoring in agriculture education. The three words she uses to describe herself are loving, caring, talkative.
Sturgeon, a 2013 graduate of PPJ/SHS who will be attending Marshall University in the fall, is a 10-year member of the Rainbow Warriors 4-H Club where she has held several offices, she is a Jr. Fair Board Member, has raised and sold market lambs for 10 years where she has won several awards, including grand champion market lamb and first place in lamb showmanship. She was also a special lamb helper and a former Young Miss and Junior Miss 4-H. She’s participated in “Adopt A Solider” and helped organize “Old Timers Showmanship.” She is also a member of New Hope Bible Baptist Church’s Youth Group where she participated in the Shoe Box Ministry.The three words she uses to describe herself are outgoing, dependable, compassionate.
Thomas, a 2012 graduate of PPJ/SHS who is attending West Virginia University, has taken numerous awards in various livestock competitions at the fair where she’s shown goats, lambs, hogs, feeder calves and dairy cows. She’s also participated in numerous fair events and entered numerous exhibits into fair categories such as home arts, baked goods, photography and the arts division. She has served in several offices with the Kountry Kritters 4-H Club, she also was heavily involved in Mason County FFA. She attends Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church where she’s a member of the youth group and sings in the choir. She also helps with various church events including the Community Carnival, Community Thanksgiving Dinner and Vacation Bible School. She’s volunteered to be a Special Olympics Buddy, has volunteered at the West Virginia State Farm Museum and participated in the Autism Awareness Walk. The three words she uses to describe herself are determined, creative and country.
Thompson, a 2013 graduate of Wahama High School, plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan in the fall. A nine-year member of 4-H, she has held several offices in the organization and shown market hogs at the fair. Also, as a member of 4-H, she has helped pick up trash along the highway, been on the 4-H building watch at the fair, volunteered to clean at the county 4-H camp prior to camp starting, plants flowers yearly at local parks, has participated in food drives and helps with the clover buds at 4-H. Also a member of Mason County FFA, she has received awards for public speaking, the National FFA Market Plan competition and has won the Swine Proficiency Award. She has also been heavily involved in the fair, where she has won numerous awards in showmanship in the market hog division. The three words she uses to describe herself are independent, passionate and outgoing.
Zuspan, a 2013 graduate of Wahama High School, plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan this fall. An 11-year member of the Sassafras 4-H Club where she is currently president and has held many other offices, Zuspan has also attended West Virginia State 4-H Camp for three years, State 4-H Dance Club for five years, has been a Mason County 4-H Camp Junior Counselor for four years. She has also been awarded the Head H and the Heart H, the spirit of camp and the spirit stick. She’s shown market hogs for seven years at the fair, steers for four years and horses for three years. She has also assisted in the special lamb project for four years. She attends New Haven UM Church where she’s a member of the youth group and assisted with the Children’s Church. The three words she uses to describe herself are adventurous, caring and hardworking.
This year’s Mason County Fair Queen will receive a substantial prize package, including: a 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. $50 cash award presented in memory of Amy C. Boggs by Amy’s family. $75 Gift certificate courtesy of Advanced Design. $100 Gift Certificate courtesy of Elizabeth Michael’s. $50 Gas Card Point Financial Services Insurance. Magnetic Car Signs courtesy of Precision Signs and Graphics. Photo session and a 16 x 20 framed portrait courtesy of Putney’s Photography. A full year of tanning courtesy of Camp Conley Mart Exxon. Camper for Queen’s lodging during the fair courtesy of Burdette Camping Center. Golf Cart for Queen’s transportation during the fair courtesy of the Henderson Family. Trophy and an all expense paid trip to compete in the 2014 WV Fairs and Festivals Pageant in Charleston in January, courtesy of the Mason County Fair Board. A queen’s basket filled with items from area business sponsored by Stover Trucking Company, LLC, Ohio Valley Bank, McDonalds, Subway, Karat Patch Diamonds N Gold, Magic Mirror/Kim Pridemore, Shawn’s Beads N More by Shawn Sergent, Magic Mirror/Teresa Krebs, Victoria’s Prom and Bridal, Joyce Blake, Kathy Bowser, Mason Jar, JoAnn and Jordan Cullen, Pam Jarvis- Longaberger, Emages Consulting & Photography, Thirty-One Consultant Amber Janicker, Ashley Cossin, Magnabilities Consultant- Aimee Stein, Airbrush Tanning by Colleen Arrington, Alison Allen- Initials Inc. Creative Partner, Ashley Buckle Paparazzi Independent Consultant and Pink Zebra Consultant, Sherry Mayes, Janna Michaels Mary Kay Consultant, Taylor’s Staffing, LLC, Sherry Mayes, Katherine Deem-Young Miss Battle Days, Bob Evans of Rio Grande and Mason County Fair Queen Committee.
First Runner-Up will receive a 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 Putney’s Photography and a $200 cash award courtesy of the Ohio Valley Bank.
Second Runner-Up will receive a 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 Putney’s Photography and a $ 100 cash award courtesy of the Ohio Valley Bank
Third Runner-Up will receive a 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 Putney’s Photography and $50 cash award courtesy of the Ohio Valley Bank.
Miss Congeniality will receive $50 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 Putney’s Photography.
Miss Photogenic will receive a gift basket courtesy of Picture Perfect Productions.
All Contestants will receive a t-shirt sponsored by AB Contracting Modular Division, Rhinestone buckle bracelet sponsored by Victoria’s Prom and Bridal, Fair Pass from Mason County Fair Board.
The Top Promotional prize will also be given out. 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. This is a mini-commercial. 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.
The Top Evening Gown prize will also be given out. The contestant who receives the highest score in this category at the Mason County Fair will receive a gift basket courtesy of Joyce Blake.
Also, Fair Parade Awards for the contestants will be sponsored by Stover Trucking Company, LLC where First Place is $75, Second Place is $50 and Third Place is $25.
In addition, the Brandy Barkey Community Service Award will be given out. This includes a plaque and $50 cash award presented by Brandy Barkey Sweeney.
Other Major Pageant Sponsors include: AEP Mountaineer Plant, Loyal Order of Moose, Point Pleasant Register, Randy Parsons (emcee), Chapman and Burris, LLC- Auditors, Williams Fuel Stop, Village Pizza, Fair Queen Contestant dads, Red’s Rollen Garage and Truck Center, Heritage International Trucks, John Sang Ford, Williams Fuel Stop, Napa Auto Parts.