POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Fair will celebrate opening night with one of its most popular events – the Mason County Fair Queen Contest.
Starting at 8 p.m., Monday, on the fair’s main stage, 11 young women will be competing for the crown currently worn by Katherine Deem.
This year’s contestants are:
Emily Keefer from Leon, daughter of Jesse and Valissa Keefer and sponsored by B&G Heating and Cooling. Emily is a graduate of the PPHS Class of 2017 and is attending the University of Kentucky to study agricultural economics. While in school she was a member of the Black Knight Marching Band, Jazz Band, Youth Leadership Association, National Technical Honor Society, a baseball manager and wrestling mat maid. She’s a member of the Evans First Church of God and a long-time member of 4-H and FFA where she was an officer.
Kate Henderson from Henderson, daughter of Jim and Andrea Henderson, is sponsored by Victoria’s Prom and Bridal Boutique. Kate is set to graduate from PPHS in 2018 and is a three-year member of the award winning color guard of the Black Knight Marching Band. She’s a National Honor Society member, a member of student council, a Mason County FFA member, where’s she’s held different offices. She’s been involved in 4-H as well, showing market goats and dairy cows, many of which were named grand champions. She attends Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church.
Maggie Waugh from Apple Grove, daughter of Carla Waugh and John Waugh is sponsored by Chuck Zerkle-Apple Grove Market. Maggie was a graduate of the Hannan High School Class of 2017 where she was valedictorian. She plans to attend Potomac State in the fall and major in agricultural and environmental education. While in school she held several offices in FFA, was in FBLA and was a member of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the Mt. Zion Church, a member of the Mason County Junior Fair Board and has shown market lambs and goats.
Darian Jones from New Haven, daughter of Anthony Jones and Karen Jones is sponsored by Auctions by Ricky Pearson Junior LLC. Darian is attending the University of Rio Grande studying pre-med. School activities include band, volleyball, choir, science club and softball. She has been active in 4-H, Salem Church and the youth group “Carriers of the Cross.” She has also shown livestock at the fair.
Karlee Edmonds from Point Pleasant, daughter of Will and Lynnita Edmonds is sponsored by Mason County 4H Leaders. Karlee is a graduate of the PPHS Class of 2017 and is attending Fairmont State University to study theatre. She’s an active 4-H member where she was on multiple committees. She has participated in the Mason County Fair by showing market hogs several years. She has been involved in the Good Samaritan Shoebox drive, Special Olympics and the March of Dimes.
Alexandria Warden of Gallipolis Ferry, daughter of Alisha Wallis and Richard Warden is sponsored by GMC Genetics LLC. Alexandria will graduate from PPHS in 2018 where she has been involved in sports like soccer and has been on the prom committee. She’s also been a class officer and is an AP scholar. She has been involved in 4-H, where she’s held club offices. She’s also very involved in her church and coaches at youth soccer camps. She also enjoys showing feeder calves.
Emily Parsons of Leon, daughter of Abra and Scott Parsons is sponsored by LifeTite Metal. Emily was a 2017 graduate of PPHS and plans on attending Fairmont State to study early education. While at PPHS, she was a member of the National Honor Society, art and soccer clubs, track team and choir member. She is a member of 4-H where she has held club offices, attends Ashton Baptist Church and has volunteered her time to several causes including the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Relay for Life and more.
Jordan Muncy of Gallipolis Ferry, daughter of Pam and Scot Muncy is sponsored by Pleasant Valley Hospital. Jordan is a 2016 graduate of PPHS and attends West Virginia University where she majors in accounting and minors in agribusiness. While at PPHS she earned a number of scholarships and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She been involved in a host of 4-H and FFA activities, holding club offices in both organizations. In addition, she’s shown livestock at the fair and holds several awards and degrees from FFA.
Kerigan Blake of Mason, daughter of Rodney Weaver and Rebecca Weaver is sponsored by Hogg and Zuspan Materials and Co. Inc. Kerigan is a member of the Wahama Class of 2018 and hopes to pursue a career in education. While at Wahama, she’s been a class officer, a member of the National Honor Society and is a four-year varsity cheerleader and letterman. She’s a member of 4-H and had shown steer, feeder calves and heifers. She volunteered in many activities including community clean-up day in New Haven, a Thanksgiving basket drive and monthly food drive for Mason Food Pantry. She’s a member of the Christian Brethern Church.
McKenna Bronosky of Point Pleasant, daughter of Julie and the late Christopher Bronosky is sponsored by M&Z Boutique. McKenna will be a 2018 graduate of PPHS and she hopes to attend Liberty University to major in education. At school, she’s a member of the National Honor Society, student council, band, color guard, plays basketball, tennis and is a varsity letterman. She is also a member of 4-H where she’s held different club offices. She volunteers at different community outreach events like a community Thanksgiving dinner, back-to-school carnival, Operation Christmas Child and more.
Conner Grady of Mount Alto, daughter of Michael and Deanna Grady, is sponsored by J&R auto repair. Conner is a 2017 graduate of PPHS and plans to attend Marshall University to student pediatric physical therapy. While at school she was in National Technical Honor Socity, color guard, YLA, FFA, FBLA, HATS, choir, the Black Knight Marching Band and concert band and more. She is a 4-H member as well as FFA, where she’s held various club offices. She attends Oma Chapel Church and has volunteered her time to Relay for Life, Mason County Right to Life and canned food drive.
The contest is sponsored by Ohio Valley Bank and will include presentations of the Annette Hanes Award and the Brandy Barkey Community Service Award.