POINT PLEASANT — Jordan Cullen, 2011 Mason County Fair Queen, has spent the last year representing the fair, as well as the entire county - a year which included traveling across the state during her reign.
On Monday, Aug. 6, Cullen will give up her title when she crowns the new fair queen during the fair’s annual queen pageant which begins at 8 p.m. that night on the main stage.
However, before Cullen’s year as queen comes to an end, Ohio Valley Bank (the pageant’s sponsor) is hosting a reception in Cullen’s honor on Monday, July 31 at the Point Pleasant Moose Lodge. The reception will also serve as a forum to introduce this year’s queen contestants - more on these 11 young ladies will appear in an upcoming edition of the Point Pleasant Register.
As for Cullen, some of her travels this year have included stops at the West Virginia State Fair; historic Monroe County; the Greenbrier Resort; Country Fall Festival Pageant; Mothman Festival Pageant; Point Pleasant TNT Pageant; Gallipolis River Recreation Pageant; Regatta Pageant; National 4-H Week; Queen’s Caroling; Mason County Fair Bash and more.
Cullen also competed in the West Virginia State Fairs and Festivals Pageant, where she represented the Mason County Fair. In addition, Cullen has participated in all the local parades; the county Miss 4-H Pageant where she served as the emcee; and visited the Jackson County Fair and the Gallia County Junior Fair.
Cullen is the 20-year old daughter of Jack and Joann Cullen of Letart. She is a 2010 graduate of Point Pleasant High School and currently a junior at West Virginia University’s School of Nursing. She plans to first utilize her degree towards working as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit setting, and then eventually further her education towards becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
Reflecting on the past year, Cullen explained: “Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the Mason County Fair with all my heart. Being a third generation 4-H member and fair activist, it’s a true tradition in our family. This will help explain why being crowned the Mason County Fair Queen has meant so much to me; it is one the highest honors I have ever received. The opportunities I have been given throughout my journey as queen have been so rewarding.”
Cullen also expressed her gratitude to the residents of Mason County for their “kindness, generosity and support throughout this past year.”
“It was such a blessing to have the opportunity to represent the Mason County Fair, and I will be forever grateful to have had such an incredible journey,” Cullen said.
In addition, Cullen has strong family ties to the Mason County Fair. According to Cullen, her “Mamaw Lucy” served as secretary on one of the first county fair boards. She has also been a life-long participant in the fair herself. She is a 12 year member of the Hillbillies 4-H Club, where she has served in most of the officer positions and many club committees. Cullen has also taken a commercial feeder calf to the fair for the past 12 years, where she has won a reserve champion award and numerous blue ribbons.