“It was pure shock when my name was announced as the winner,” Edmonds said. “I am so excited to reign over the fair.”
The pageant not only provided the audience with entertainment during the first day of the fair, but allowed each contestant to be featured in several phases of competition. All nine vying for the title were involved in an opening number, where they danced to “Giddy On Up.” They also competed in Promotional, Evening Gown and On-Stage Interview phases of competition. But at the end of the evening, it was Edmonds who roped in the fair queen tiara.
The newly crowned queen is the 21-year old daughter of William and Lynnita Edmonds of Point Pleasant. She was crowned by the 2009 queen, Hannah Ruth Workman.
Edmonds is a 2007 graduate of Ohio Valley Christian School and is attending Marshall University, where she is a nursing major. For the pageant, she was sponsored by Crank’s Animal Hospital.
“I am looking forward to seeing all of the activities, events and families taking part in the fair,” Edmonds said. “I would love to see all of Mason County come out and support the youth.”
Edmonds’ court that will reign alongside her during this year’s fair includes the following: Kelsey Roach, the 18-year old daughter of Tony and Diana Roach of Gallipolis Ferry, first runnerup; Megan Casto, the 20-year old daughter of Dennie and Robin Casto of Leon, second runnerup; Kayla Thomas, the 16-year old daughter of David and JoAnn Thomas of Point Pleasant, third runnerup; and Lindsey Deem, Miss Congeniality.
Other award winners were Lindsey Deem, Miss Photogenic; Megan Casto, Top Promotional Award; Kelsey Roach, Top Evening Gown Award; and Lauren Lanier, recipient of the 2010 Brandy Barkey Community Service Award.
Fair parade awards were also given. Winning first place and receiving $75 was Lindsey Deem. Second place and $50 went to Kayla Thomas. And third place was awarded to Cinthia Arbogast, who received $25.
Other contestants in the 2010 pageant were Linzi Smith and Talisha Spencer.
Randy Parsons emceed the pageant for the eighth year in a row and entertainment was provided by Chase Likens and the outgoing queen, Workman.
Judges for the pageant were Cindy Sexton, Jamie Pratt and Ellen Brasel. Chapman & Burris CPA, LLC served as the auditors. Visiting royalty filled the stage and the newly crowned Little Miss and Mister Mason County Queen and King, Allison Tennant and Keenan Janicker, introduced themselves along with the others.
While reigning over the week-long fair, Edmonds also will make appearances throughout the county and state to promote the area and the largest county fair. She also will compete for the 2011 Miss West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals title in January.