POINT PLEASANT – A large crowd gathered at the West Virginia State Farm Museum to watch 43 contestants compete in their country best in hopes of winning 2016 Country Fall Festival queen titles.
A total of nine winners were crowned festival royalty, and many others also won awards.
This year’s royalty includes: Skylyn Childers, Wee Miss Queen; Campbell Wilson, Tiny Miss Queen; Kinzy Arbogast, Little Miss Queen; Emma Kreseen, Young Miss Queen; Nola Riley, Junior Miss Queen; Kadann Bonecutter, Teen Miss Queen; Darian Miller, Miss Queen; Amanda Baker, Ms. Queen; and Norma Knopp, Mrs. Queen.
Childers is the 3-year-old daughter of Michelle Huff, of St. Mary’s. She also won the Photogenic Award in her division. Runners up were Wrylie Conrad, first runnerup; and Grace Bryant, second runnerup. Other optional winners were Natalie Akers, Prettiest Eyes; Wrylie Conrad, Prettiest Hair; Amanda Lewis, Prettiest Smile; and Grace Bryant, Best Attire.
In the Tiny Miss division, Wilson was crowned the winner. She is the 5-year-old daughter of Deanna and Shannon Stanley, of Belmont. She also took optional awards in Prettiest Hair, Best Attire, and Photogenic. Lilah McDonald took first runnerup, and Mary Supple was named second runnerup. Optional winners were Lilah McDonald, Prettiest Smile; and Tasha Wilson, Prettiest Eyes.
Arbogast was crowned Queen in her age group. She is the 6-year-old daughter of David and Kelly Arbogast, of Point Pleasant. She also won optional awards for Prettiest Smile and Best Attire. First runnerup was Kierstyn Hart; and Lilly Bryant was named second runnerup, and won optional for Prettiest Hair. Emmaleigh Wilson won Prettiest Eyes, and Autumn Cecil took the Photogenic award.
In the Young Miss division, Kreseen captured the title. She is the 8-year-old daughter of Dan and Bonne’ Kreseen, of Middleport, Ohio. She also won optionals for Prettiest Hair and Best Attire. Jayln Ramsey was first runnerup and took home awards for Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Smile, and Photogenic.
Junior Miss winner, Nola Riley, 10, of Advent, is the daughter of Daniel and Shara Shamblin. She also won Prettiest Eyes and Photogenic. First runnerup went to Kylie Price, who also won Best Attire. Jada Kent was named second runnerup and won Prettiest Smile, and Kimberly Smith took the award for Prettiest Hair.
Bonecutter is this year’s Teen Queen. She is the 13-year-old daughter of Danny and Tonya Bonecutter, of Gallipolis Ferry. She also won optionals for Prettiest Hair, Prettiest Smile, and Photogenic. Runners-up were Kortlan Bush, first; and Jasmine Rainey, second. Rainey also won awards for Prettiest Eyes, and Best Attire. Emma Tomlinson won the Congeniality Award in Teen.
Miller, 19, of Gallipolis, Ohio, captured the Miss Country Fall Festival Queen title. She is the daughter of Melinda Kingery and David Miller. First runnerup was Ciara Small, and second runnerup was Conner Grady, who also won the Best Attire award. Dakota Baker won Miss Congeniality. Optional winners were Caitlin Tabor, Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Hair, and Photogenic; and Whittney Council, Prettiest Smile.
In the Ms. division, Baker was crowned queen. She is the 25-year-old daughter of John and Tammy Baker, of Point Pleasant. She also won the Photogenic Award. First runnerup went to Emily Kitchen who won awards for Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Hair, and Best Attire. Second runnerup was Mindy McCarty. Katie Bowen was named Miss Congeniality and took the Prettiest Smile award.
Knopp was named as the Mrs. division winner this year. She is married to Kyle Knopp, of Spencer. Knopp also was named as Miss Congeniality. First runnerup was Chella Matos. She also won Prettiest Hair. Rebecca Robinson received second runnerup and Prettiest Smile. Other optional winners were Bonne’ Kreseen, Prettiest Eyes; Katlin Lewis, Best Attire; and Michelle Hart, Photogenic.
More titles and awards were also handed out to the pageant’s Fan Favorite, and Community Service Awards. Three-year old Wrylie Conrad not only captured one, but two titles during the pageant. Conrad, the daughter of Erick and Tara Conrad, of Apple Grove, won the Little Miss Country Star Queen (who was the overall Fan Favorite) and the Little Miss Country Hope Queen (brought in the most canned food – 347 items), after being named Princess for both of these awards in the Wee Miss division.
Other Country Star Princesses (Fan Favorite) include Mary Supple, Tiny Miss; Autumn Cecil, Little Miss; Emma Kreseen, Young Miss; and Kylie Price, Junior Miss.
Country Hope Princesses were crowned in each age division. These titles were for the ladies who brought in the most canned food donations for Crosslight of Hope. They include Kierstan Hart, 240 items; Emma Kreseen, 7 items; and Kylie Price, 241 items.
In the older girls divisions, it was Rebecca Robinson who won the Fan Favorite Award.
Community Service Awards were also given in the Teen, Miss, Ms. and Mrs. age groups. Winners were Chella Matos, Mrs.; Christina Pope, Ms.; Jasmine Rainey, Teen; and Whittney Council, Miss.
A total of nearly 1,500 cans were collected for the local food pantry.
The royalty will reign over this weekend’s festival and start their duties by assisting with the first Fall Cuties Pretty Baby Contest to take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Registration begins at 10 a.m. on the steps of the farm museum’s office. This contest is open to baby boys and girls, ages 0-28 months. For more information, contact Delyssa Huffman at 304-593-8998.
The Country Fall Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the farm museum. Admission is free.
Delyssa Huffman is the director of several local pageants and Crosslight of Hope in Ashton.