MASON COUNTY — Today, five young women from Mason County are on their way to compete in the annual West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals Pageant at the Charleston Civic Center and Municipal Auditorium.
The pageant begins today and continues through Saturday, Jan. 11.
Attending this year’s pageant from Mason County are 2013 Mason County Fair Queen Haley Sturgeon, 2013 Point Pleasant Battle Days Queen Delaney Bronosky, 2013 Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta Queen Aubrey Lewis, Miss Parkersburg Homecoming Queen Payton Whitt and Miss West Virginia Law Enforcement Queen Madison Barker.
These ladies will be competing with a total of 88 contestants representing various fairs and festivals throughout West Virginia. The pageant consists of three areas of competition, including Event Promotion, Personal Interview and Evening Gown. Saturday evening will culminate in the crowning of the 2014 West Virginia Fairs and Festivals Queen who will reign over the West Virginia State Fair in Lewisburg.
Sturgeon will be accompanied by Aimee Stein and Andrea Henderson, pageant directors of the Mason County Fair Queen Pageant, some past fair queens and family, as well as representatives of Ohio Valley Bank and the Mason County Fair Board. Bronosky will be accompanied Brandy Barkey, pageant director of the Battle Days Pageant along with friends and family members. Lewis will be accompanied by members of the Regatta committee and many friends and family. Whitt will be accompanied by her pageant director, family and friends. Barker will be accompanied by Pageant Director Vicki Kerrigan, her parents, brother, aunts and cousins.
The highlights of the pageant include:
Friday, Jan. 10, Event Promotion Competition - This is the first phase of competition and will be conducted on Friday afternoon. During this competition contestants are judged on natural beauty, poise and presentation. Contestants will also be judged by giving a 30 second timed presentation about their event.
Saturday, Jan. 11, Judges Interviews - This is the second phase of competition. Each contestant will be interviewed by a panel of judges. At this time, the judges will consider poise, personality, and natural beauty.
Evening gown competition -This is the third phase of competition. Judging is based on poise, personality and natural beauty.
Then, from the tabulations of the three competitions (event promotion, interview, and evening gown) 15 semi-finalists will be chosen and interviewed from their fact sheets.
There is a Saturday night only ticket for $25 per person for anyone wishing to attend the Saturday night evening gown competition. This ticket is for balcony seating only. The tickets will only be sold at the box office on Jan. 11. Doors will open at the Charleston Municipal Building at 5 p.m.
“The girls have worked really hard preparing for this pageant,” Stein said. “We have very talented and wonderful young ladies representing our county. I am very proud of them. Every one of them has the ability and character to be our state fair queen.”
Henderson added: “I wish everyone in Mason County could see how well the girls represent not only our county but also their fair or festival. They get the word out about our festivals and make us proud of who we are and where we are from.”
Sturgeon, of Gallipolis Ferry, is the daughter of Rocky and Susan Sturgeon. Lewis, of Point Pleasant, is the daughter of Kerri Lewis and Adam Lewis. Bronosky, of Point Pleasant, is the daughter of the Late Christopher Bronosky and Julie Bronosky. Whitt, of Point Pleasant, is the daughter of Mark and Julia Whitt. Barker, of Point Pleasant, is the daughter of Bill and Cyndi Barker.