POINT PLEASANT — One of the most popular festivals of the year in Mason County, the Tenth Annual Mothman Festival, is approaching this weekend, and quickly becoming one of the more popular events of the festival is the Miss Mothman Festival Pageant.
The competition for the Tiny, Little, Young and Junior Miss Queens will take place at 6 p.m. tonight, at the Trinity United Methodist Church Auditorium. The competition for the Teen Princess, Teen Queen, Miss Princess, Miss Queen, Ms. Queen and Mrs. Queen will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Riverfront Park.
It was reported there are 14 contestants in the Miss category this year, as well as nearly 70 other contestants competing for other titles. As with the growing popularity of the pageants, the number of contestants has continued to grow as the years continue. There were 79 contestants in 2009, 84 in 2010, and 100 in 2011. Due to sign-ups still being accepted for tonight’s pageant, total numbers this year are expected to come close to, and possibly exceed, 100 contestants again.
The following lists the respective pageant categories, as well at the contestants, their age, and where they are from.
Tiny Miss — Riley Springston, 4, Cottageville; Audrey Burris, 3, Gallipolis Ferry; Shelby Roush, 4, Point Pleasant; Emmaleigh Moodispaugh, 3, Chesire, Ohio; Kendra Davis, 3, Ohio; and Addison Weaver, 2, New Haven.
Little Miss — Peytin Rossiter, 5, Gallipolis, Ohio; Makailyn Munday, 6, Parkersburg; Jazahera Moore, 5, Cheshire, Ohio; Hannah Pope, 5, Gallipolis, Ohio; Mickinley Tingler, 6, Parkersburg; Faith Meadows, 5, Milton; and Shaelynn Johnson, 6, Gallipolis, Ohio.
Young Miss — Victoria Sovine, 9, Milton; Gracie Queen, 9, Point Pleasant; Jenna Chadwell, 9, Pomeroy, Ohio; McKaylee Lynch, 7, Harrisville; Elizabeth McGuire, 9, Ohio; Allie Warth, 8, New Haven; Grayson Enoch, 9, Mineral Wells; Cierra Rollins, 9, Mason; Kadann Bonecutter, 9, Gallipolis Ferry; Emily Tackett, 7, Chesapeake, Ohio; Lilyanna Delgado, 7, Vinton, Ohio; Sofia Strobl, 8, Vienna; Rylee Harner, 9, Parkersburg; and Olivia Brooks, 8, of Point Pleasant.
Junior Miss — Abby VanSickle, 11, Gallipolis, Ohio; McKenzie Roush, 12, Point Pleasant; Melanie Smith-Reynolds, 12, Point Pleasant; Arianna Nedeff, 10, Belpre, Ohio; Courtney Archibald, 12, Ravenswood; Emma Tomlinson, 10, Mason; Paige Matlock, 12, Parkersburg, and Marley Umensetter, 12, Parkersburg.
Teen Miss — Jocelynn Frye-Wilson, 14, Point Pleasant; Jessica Sligh, 15, Ashton; Taylor Gillam, 13, Point Pleasant; Elizabeth Rayburn, 13, Point Pleasant; Peyton Lovell, 14, New Haven; Jesica Cornell, 15, Apple Grove; Darian Miller, 15, Gallipolis, Ohio; Shiloh Wamsley, 15, Point Pleasant; Shawnte Watson, 13, Parkersburg; Olivia Strother, 13, Charleston; Kami Shultis, 14, Roane; Kiana Lanham, 13, Ripley; and Amber Biel, 15, Charleston.
Miss — Lauren Roush, 17, Mason; Sarah McInerney, 19, Huntington; Olivia Mason, 20, Wheeling; Shelby Case, 17, Greenfield, Ohio; Maggie Mamo, 19, Belpre, Ohio; Kathleen Davis, 17, Charleston; Amanda Baker, 20, Point Pleasant; Courtney Perry, 18, Huntington; Christy Piggott, 20, Mineral Wells; LaTasha Mitchell, 19, Danville; Deeanna Sayre, 17, New Haven; Ashley Edens, 19, Charleston; Asia Richmond, 17, New Martinsville; and MacKenzie Hapney, 17, Little Hocking, Ohio.
Ms. — Ashley Conley, 21, Orma; Katie Bowen, 24, Spencer; Melissa Burns, 26, Helena, Mt.; Stephanie Davis, 21, Wheelersburg, Ohio; Madelynn Coalson, 24, Huntington; Autumn Smith, 22, Oak Hill, Ohio; and Jessica Sylvester, 25, Hurricane.
Mrs. — Miranda Hartley of Mineral Wells; Sara Scott of Spencer; Samantha Brinkman of Barnesville, Ohio; Kelly Loscar of Belpre, Ohio; Ponnie Sampson of Mineral Wells; Bret Shrewsberry of Beckley; Melissa Wilson of Point Pleasant; Pattie Plaugher of Arborvale; Rebecca Cunningham of Vinton, Ohio; and Nancy Fulton of Belmont, Ohio.
(Note: In the pursuit of fairness, placement of the Miss contestant photos was determined by alphabetical order of last name.)