POINT PLEASANT — It was a hot and busy first day at this year’s Mason County Fair.
The day ended with one of the most popular events at the fair — the Mason County Fair Queen Contest. This year, after competing in past queen competitions, the night finally belonged to Katherine Deem, who was chosen to wear the crown.
She’s the daughter of Deron and Melissa Deem, of Point Pleasant, and was sponsored by Richard Walker, CPA. A gradate of the Point Pleasant High School Class of 2016, she held positions on student council, including president, was a member of the National Honor Society and the Black Knight Marching Band Color Guard, theatre chair, All-State Choir member, concert band, is the 2016 Ohio Valley Bank 4-H Scholar and a West Virginia University Presidential Scholar. She’s a member of the Kountry Kritters 4-H Club where she’s held various offices, has held a position on the junior fair board and is a member of Sandhill Road Church of Christ Youth Group. She plans on attending WVU in the fall.
Joining Deem in her court was First Runner-up Bre Ball, of Letart, daughter of Tracy and Michelle Ball. She was sponsored by Mason County Sheriff Greg Powers and is a graduate of the PPHS Class of 2015. She attends Marshall University, where she studies nursing and is an 11-year member of the Hillbillies 4-H Club.
Second Runner-up was Emma Rice, of Point Pleasant, daughter of Olin and Jonna Rice. She’s a member of the PPHS Class of 2017 and was sponsored by Village Pizza Inn. She’s also a varsity member of the PPHS soccer and girls track teams, and a nine-year member of the Kountry Kritters 4-H Club.
Third Runner-up Jordan Muncy, of Gallipolis Ferry, is the daughter of Pam and Scott Muncy, a member of the PPHS Class of 2016 and was sponsored by Pleasant Valley Hospital. She’s a member of 4-H and FFA and her future plans include attending WVU and majoring in accounting.
Miss Congeniality/Annette Hanes Award winner Shelbie Mayes of Apple Grove, is the daughter of Mark and Becky Plants and Larry Mayes, a member of the Hannan High School Class of 2016 and was sponsored by Plants Logging. A member of Hannan FFA and the Go-Getters 4-H Club, she is attending Mountwest College with plans on finishing her business management degree.
Other winners in the queen contest: Miss Photogenic Emma Rice. Best Evening Gown Katherine Deem. Best Promotional Award Katherine Deem. Brandy Barkey Sweeney Community Service Award Bre Ball. Fair Parade Awards: First Place, Lanie Craig; Second Place, tie between Emma Rice and Katherine Deem; Third Place, Shelbie Mayes.
The 10 contestants who competed in this year’s contest were Bre Ball, McKenna Bronosky, Gracie Cottrill, Lanie Craig, Katherine Deem, Conner Grady, Shelbie Mayes, Jordan Muncy, Emily Parsons and Emma Rice.
Pageant directors are Aimee Stein, Andrea Henderson. For more photos on this year’s contest, see the supplemental fair wrap in today’s Point Pleasant Register.
Also on Monday, the youngest royals were crowned during the Little Mister and Little Miss Mason County Contests, once again sponsored and organized by the GFWC Point Pleasant Junior Woman’s Club. This year’s “junior” court are: Little Miss Gracyn Stein, 7, of Gallipolis Ferry, Little Mister Wesley Jones, 7, Mason; Little Miss First Runner-up Kristin Scott, 6, Ashton; Little Mister First Runner-up Bentley Gardner, 5, Point Pleasant; Little Miss Second Runner-up Kinzy Arbogast, 6, Point Pleasant; Little Mister Second Runner-up Chase Patterson, 6, of Point Pleasant.
It was also a busy day for livestock exhibitors, with the fair’s largest livestock show kicking off Monday evening – the market hog show. Around 120 market hogs made weight and were exhibited during the show which ended in Christian Pyles showing the grand champion. This was a repeat performance for Pyles, who showed last year’s grand champion hog during the show.
Joining Pyles at the top of the, well, pile, was Jarred Hitt who showed the reserve champion market hog.
Monday also included a new twist on showmanship at the fair with all livestock exhibitors competing for showmanship awards on one day, as opposed to hosting that competition prior to the market shows. Results and photos from these competitions will be forthcoming in an edition of the Point Pleasant Register.
For more fair photos see inside on page four or online at www.mydailyregister.com, or find the Point Pleasant Register on Facebook.
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