POINT PLEASANT — Letting something good go is not easy, even when you love it…especially when you love it.
These were the paraphrased words of 2015 Mason County Fair Queen Mary Grace Workman when she spoke at the reception held in her honor by Ohio Valley Bank on Tuesday night at the First Church of God Activity Building.
OVB sponsors the fair queen contest and each year honors the outgoing fair queen, past fair queens and introduces this year’s contestants.
For Workman, she said what she’ll remember most about her time as fair queen was the “love and encouragement showered on me all year.”
She recalled the first day she got to take a spin in the golf cart provided to the fair queen and how she received congratulations from friends and strangers alike.
“The people here are so welcoming and kind,” Workman said of the community she has been a part of for her entire life.
She also said becoming fair queen was literally a “dream come true.” She remarked on how she didn’t remember the first time she went to the fair, she only remembers that she’s always gone, underscoring what a big role its had in her life.
Workman made history last year when she won the title, following in the footsteps of sisters Rachel and Hannah who were crowned fair queens in 2007 and 2009, respectively.
Workman has been an active fair queen, serving as master of ceremonies for the Mason County 4-H Pageant, attending multiple events representing the fair, including the West Virginia State Fair, Point Pleasant Battle Days, Country Fall Festival, Mothman Festival, Bob Evans Farm Festival, the Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta and Mason County Fair Bash, among many others.
Workman is also a 2015 graduate of Point Pleasant High School and a PROMISE Scholar who is in the Honors College at Marshall University, where she’s majoring in biology PreMed. She’s the daughter of Doug and Vickie Workman of Point Pleasant.
At the reception, Mary Grace admitted she was sad to see this year end, even tearing up a bit. She explained it was an “amazing thing” to be fair queen which is why it was a “good thing,” and good things, unlike the bad things, well, they are hard to let go.
Mary Grace, living up to her middle name, will be at the pageant to crown her successor. The contest begins at 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8. at the Mason County Fair.
More on this year’s pageant and biographies of this year’s contestants, in Saturday’s Point Pleasant Register.
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