Barry County Fair Queen is crowned in new pageant
For the first time in a number of years, a Barry County Fair Queen has been crowned. On Saturday night, Hailey Hall, of south Aurora, was crowned as the 2008 Barry County Fair Queen following a successful pageant at the Crowder College Auditorium in Cassville.
The event also included the crowning of a 2008 Barry County Princess and Little Princess. Megan Thomas, daughter of Jerry and Ronda Thomas, of Purdy, was named Little Princess, and Kaitlyn Kast, daughter of Liz and Randy Kast, of Purdy, won the Princess portion of the pageant.
"We had a wonderful turnout, but we want to make next year's pageant even larger and get more county contestants involved," said Larry Jullian, pageant co-coordinator and master of ceremonies.
The pageant began with the National Anthem sung by Cassville student Amanda Jones. The welcome also included the introduction of the judges as well as Barry County Fair officers and board members.
Pageant judges included: Donna Hillhouse, a former model who has worked for KOLR-TV; Don Ruzicka, state representative from Lawrence County; and Jacque Farmer, an independent sales and marketing director with Mary Kay Cosmetics.
The talent portion of the contest was won by Cory Cope, daughter of George and Sandy Cope, of Crane. Cory sang a solo and played the guitar. She received a $50 savings bond from First State Bank of Purdy and a $50 cash award from Mr. J's Studio of Voice in Aurora.
Megan Thomas, as Barry County Little Princess, won a $50 savings bond from Security Bank and a $100 cash award from Jim and Janice Fohn of Fohn Funeral Home. Barry County Princess Kaitlyn Kast won a $50 savings bond from Commerce Bank and a $100 cash award from Fohn Funeral Home. Barry County Fair Queen Hailey Hall won a $100 savings bond from Freedom Bank, a $550 scholarship to Norma's Modeling School of Aurora and a $100 cash award from Fohn Funeral Home.
The queen and both princesses also were presented with sashes, flowers and tiaras.
Barry County queen contestants included: Hall; Brittany Weston, of Monett; Lena Pomuran, of Monett; Cory Cope, of Crane; Jordan Johnson, of Exeter; Katie Chadd, of Exeter; Tori Butterworth, of Monett; and Emilee Kast, of Purdy. Little Princess and Princess contestants included: Kaitlyn Kast; Thomas; Mattie Stephenson, of Cassville; and Brittany Mareth, of Purdy.
At the end of the pageant, Julian thanked those who assisted with the new Barry County Fair Queen pageant. Those singled out for their assistance were: Jim and Janice Fohn of Fohn Funeral Home; Freedom Bank; Commerce Bank, Security Bank; First State Bank of Purdy; Norma's Inline Fashions and Modeling; Mr. J's Tuxedos; Will Thomas, Amber Mallony, Becca Leahy and Liz Kast for backstage help; Alyssa Williams, auditor; and Philip Roller, usher and vocalist.
For more information on promoting next year's pageant, contact Norma or Larry Julian at 417-678-1222.
Barry County Fair royalty will be in attendance at the Barry County Fair, which will be held June 27 and 28.