Kendal Kingsley, daughter of David & Linda Kingsley, earned a title and received a crown that no one outside of our county has ever done before. Kingsley was named Morgan County Fair Queen on Monday July 29.
Morgan County fair royalty contest has traditionally been a closed contest, only allowing Morgan residents to enter. However, because of low interest, the queen division was opened to contestants outside of Morgan County, making Kingsley the first non-resident Morgan County Fair Queen in contest history.
The contest is broken into age groups. The title of queen can only be earned by girls ages 16-21. Younger girls ages 12-15 compete for title of princess, and 8-11 aged girls vie for junior princess.
The designation of princess was earned by Rhylee Freeman, daughter of Ryan and Tina Freeman. “My favorite part about competing was meeting all of the new girls and seeing what they could do on their horses,” Freeman said the day after winning. “When I won, I was very excited! I had tough competition and Morgan Balding is a very good competitor.” Freeman said she is “most excited to do all of the parades and go to the rodeos.”
Tosha Turner, daughter of Ryan and ShaNell Turner, joined the royalty by winning the junior princess category. Turner is following in her mom’s footsteps by competing in the fair royalty contest. “My mom has always done it and I look up to her a lot!” Turner said. She is excited to be part of the royalty. “I was shocked,” she said of when they announced her name. When she realized she won she had a huge smile and she became very excited for opportunity to help with the fair and be part of the parades and rodeos that come with winning.
Payson Carter, daughter of Tel and Sheri Carter, earned her spot in the royalty line up by being voted as Miss Congeniality. This well-spoken cowgirl is looking forward to representing Morgan and helping at the fair. She enjoyed competing and having a chance at being part of royalty. “I was super excited,” Carter said after they announced her name.
Dark rain clouds couldn’t dim the bright countenances of the newly named Morgan County fair royalty.
The competition began in the morning with contestant interviews, followed by modeling and impromptu and finally horsemanship in the afternoon, which ended in the nick of time. Plans to hold coronation in the arena were washed away as a serious rainstorm pounded the area. Coronation was moved to the livestock pavilion.
“We’re not going to let the rain spoil it!” Diane Dickson Chairman of the competition said.
Queen contest organizers encourage girls and their parents to get ready for next year. If you didn’t participate this year and wish you would have, plan and prepare to join the outstanding contest next year. With more contestants and earlier involvement, the contest will continue its longstanding tradition.
“Even those that didn’t win had fun!” Diane Dickson stated. “No one should ever be discouraged from participating.” The girls that compete are top notch; however, organizers encourage even beginners to come enjoy the excitement of participating in this well rounded competition.
While only four contestants took home a sash and title, organizers agreed that they were all winners for competing so remarkably. The speeches this year were exceptionally well planned and presented. Each of the contestants received a prize package including fabulous Browning knives and hats and gift certificates to local restaurants.
“We had great sponsors from the Morgan Valley,” Dickson said happily.
The following helped sponsor this great event: Morgan County Fair board, Smith and Edwards, 1st Bank, Browning, Morgan Drug, Ron and Ann Porter, Saba/Ace Distributors Wendy Barber and Darcie Harris, Wildheart Boutique, Annette Lee and Sheridan Holyoak, Morgan Valley Crafts, Dee’s Tires, Front Street Gifts and Home Décor, Ridley’s, Ace Hardware, Morgan Napa, Carolyn’s Cruise and Travel, J’s Drive In, Pretzelmaker, Boot Barn, Jackie Love and Kami Sandall, Cal-Ranch in Farr West, Kristen Hogan, and Dan and Diane Dickson.
Watch for the beautiful, knowledgeable, and talented girls throughout the fair.