RIPLEY - The Jackson County Junior Fair Pageant was held in Ripley High School's auditorium on Saturday evening (July 13).
The competition was tough as 11 young ladies were vying for the ultimate prize of the Junior Fair Queen. The contestants first introduced themselves to the judges and audience before the categories began.
The queen competition featured contestant performing an advertisement for the Jr. Fair that they had written. The eveningwear portion was dazzling as sparkles and spangled shined just as much as the pageant's participants.
The Queen package included a plaque and crown pen from Sandy Barnette and Custom Crafts By Karen. The Jeweler's Touch provided its traditional fair-themed charm bracelet, Cook's Floral provided the bouquets, the Jackson County Junior Fir Association gave an all expense paid trip to compete in the 2014 in the groups Jackson County of fairs and pageants as well as $1,000 in cash. Ranch dressings provided a gift certificate to their boutique. A free spray tans from The Spa at living well Medical Center and Alexis Rutter donated vehicle signs.
The Fair Association gave gifts for the 1st runner-up, which included a sash and plaque and $300. The 2nd runnier-up received a sash and plaque as well as $100. Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality were give plaques.
Alexis Rutter who took the crown for the 2012 Queen assisted in the pageant and crowned the new queen Brandee Prater. Alexis took the stage for her farewell performance as her taped speech played. She stated that being the Jr. Fair Queen was an honor and she had enjoyed her title working with this year's contestants was a blast. She went on to thank her parents for their support during her completion and reign as Junior Fair Royalty.
Hope Price captured the crown in the Jackson County Junior Fair Preteen category. Hope is 12-years old and is the daughter of Missy and Tim Price. She resides in Gay, WV. When school starts Hope will in the 7th grade at Ripley Middle School.
Morgan Pursley earned the honor of the crown in the Jackson County Junior Fair Pageant Teen Division. Morgan is 15-years old and will be a sophomore. She is the daughter of Dortha and Tracy Pursley of Evens, WV.
Brandee Prater was crowned as the Queen in the Jackson County Junior Fair Pageant Brandee captured the eye of the judges. Brandee is 19 years old and attends West Virginia University where she is a sophomore. She is currently studying to be a nurse at the educational facility. She is the daughter of Kandee Prater of Ripley, WV.