POINT PLEASANT — For the past three years, the Mason County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau has hosted a contest for the Mason County Tourism Queen title. And this year was no different as contest coordinator Delyssa Edwards set out to find candidates for the job.
Emerging from a field of three finalists, Buffalo senior Leslie Meade was selected as this year’s representative. She was crowned Sunday at the Tourism Center and her crowning kicks off the National Travel and Tourism Week which is May 7-13.
Meade is the 17-year old daughter of Lafe and Michelle Meade. She will be graduating high school this June and plans to attend Marshall University to study nursing.
In her essay Meade submitted to enter the contest she states, “I love the county that I live in. Everyone in Mason County acts as if we are family. Whenever something goes wrong, our whole community pulls together and works to help out.”
Meade went on to say she is happy with the opportunity she now has to be a role model for all of the youth in the county and inform then of our history and how important it is they appreciate the wonderful county we live in.
The 2017 Tourism Queen was crowned by Destiny Brown, 2016 Queen. Also on hand to help with awards was Amanda Baker, 2015 Tourism Queen; and Emily Hussell, 2014 Queen.
At the conclusion of her year representing the tourism center at local and area events, Meade will be presented with a $500 cash scholarship.
To date, Edwards has given a total of $1,500 out of her own pocket to the queens; something she started to help get more youth involved in Tourism.
“So many young people live in our county and think the fair is the only big event we have,” Edwards said. “But our town is rich in history and hopefully with this contest our Queens not only represent the CVB, but learn a thing or too along the way they pass on to their friends and family.”
The contest is open each year to Mason County residents 17-24. To enter, candidates submit an essay. Finalists are then chosen for an interview. For information on next year, please like and follow the Mason County Tourism (CVB) page on Facebook.