Royalty named for county fair
Royalty was crowned on Saturday for the Barry County Fair. Five contestants competed for little princess, princess and queen before a panel of judges at Gizmo's Event Center in Wheaton.
Named queen for contestants 17 and older was Kaitlyn Schumacher, of Monett. Crowned princess for ages 13 to 16 was Stephanie Schumacher. Both are daughters of Pam and Tom Schumacher, of Monett.
Taking the title of little princess for ages 8 to 12 was Madison Horner, daughter of Darla and Jon Horner, of Cassville.
The other contestants were Shelby Scott, daughter of Rick and Lisa Scott, of Purdy, and Savannah Williamson, daughter of Travis and Katrina Williamson, of Cassville.
Four of the contestants also competed in the talent division. Kaitlyn Schumacher won the contest with her performance of Michael McLean's song "The Melody Within."
Madison Horner performed the jazz dance "Razzle Dazzle" for her talent. Savannah Williamson played "Sugar Foot Rag" on the piano, and Shelby Scott played "Music Box Dancer" on the piano.
Judges for the contest were Kisheena Biehl, of Fordland, a model and 1995 Miss Holly Queen; "First Class Maid Jaynee" from the Titanic Museum in Branson, who has been performing since age 14; and Jamie Terrell, a singer, dancer, actress and stunt performer who also works at the Titantic Museum.
Rev. Charley Baum, pastor of the First Christian Church in Aurora, served as contest auditor.
The talent contest winner received a $50 savings bond from Corybel Country, the host band of the Barry County Fair; $25 cash from Mr. J's Studio of Voice in Aurora; and a free compact disc from Corybel Country.
The queen's tiara and sash were provided by Country Comfort Salon and Spa. The queen also received flowers from Holmes Farm Supply of rural Wheaton; a $100 savings bond from Community National Bank; a $100 shopping certificate to Norma's In-Line Fashions in Aurora; a $10 dinner certificate to the Olive Grill in Aurora; two free tickets to the Titanic Museum in Branson; a free massage from County Comfort Salon and Spa; free modeling instruction from Norma's In-Line Fashions; free instruction from Mr. J on talent; and a free night's lodging and meals for the Missouri State Fair queen competition in Sedalia.
The princess's tiara and sash were provided by Mo-Ark Livestock Auction in Exeter. The princess also received flowers from Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville; a $50 savings bond from Community National Bank; a $50 gift certificate from Norma's In-Line Fashions; a $10 gift certificate to the Olive Grill; and two free passes to the Titanic Museum in Branson.
The Barry County Fair will be held June 24 to 26 at Gizmo's Event Center in Wheaton.