POINT PLEASANT — Every year before the new Heritage Queen’s name is drawn, each contestant undergoes an interview.
Typically, during the Heritage Queen contest, Mayor Brian Billings is the emcee for the event and gives the contestants their interviews. Due to family reasons, Billings could not attend the contest this year, but City Clerk Amber Tatterson filled in for him.
During Tatterson’s interview with this year’s crowned queen, Rosalie Smith, those in attendance were able to learn about their new Heritage Queen.
Smith is 65 years old and is a resident of Gallipolis Ferry. She has two sons and five grandchildren. Smith commented her family has also adopted a child through foster care and they have guardianship of another.
“When it comes right down to it, the only important thing in our life is God and our family,” said Smith.
She commented she enjoys crafting with her grandchildren, reading mystery novels, and planting flowers.
Smith shared with Tatterson she feels Mason County needs to fight the drug epidemic harder.
She said, “There are so many drugs everywhere and everybody knows that, that is not something new, but my kids live here in town, they live in an area that they’re afraid to be outside, they’re afraid to ride their bikes in the yard, and I just think that with more diligence and everyone involved, it could get maybe some drugs out of the hands of kids.”
Smith was crowned by the 2017 Heritage Queen Linda Smith.
The other contestants for 2018 were Bonnie Durst, Judy Meeks, Geraldine Schronce, Ruth Upton, Virginia Wallis, and Kathy Woran.
A light reception with cake and punch was held following the crowning of the Heritage Queen.
The annual contest is held at the Gene Salem Senior Center and is organized by the Mason County Action Group with support from the GFWC Woman’s Club.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.