|4/18/2017 3:37:00 PM|
10 finalists named for Little Miss Apple Festival
Ten young ladies were selected as finalists for the title of 2017 Little Miss Apple Festival Queen at a contest conducted Friday evening, April 14, at the Jackson Middle School auditorium. Pictured in the front row (from the left) are: Finalists Ally Ferris, Whitley Michael, and Jayda Montgomery, and 2016 Little Queen Sophie Williams. In the second row (from the left) are: Braylee Dennison and Audrey West. In the third row (from the left) are: Maya Adams, Brynlee Smalley, and Addyson Dailey. In the back row (from the left) are: Kynnedy Willis and Parker Curtis. (Telegram Photos By Pete Wilson)
During Friday evening’s Little Queen Contest, Apple Festival Theme Contest Chairman Butch Aldrich (left) is pictured as he announces the theme of the 2017 Jackson Apple Festival while Apple Festival President Joe Wyant listens. Aldrich announced that the 2017 theme is “Apple Blooms and Harvest Moons” while Wyant announced this year’s festival grand marshal will be Terry Osborne, Sr.
Before a large crowd Friday evening, April 14, at the Jackson Middle School auditorium, 10 young finalists were selected, one of whom will eventually be crowned as the 2017 Little Miss Apple Festival Queen.
The following were chosen from a field of 38 candidates:
* Audrey West, the daughter of Joshua and Trisha West of Jackson;
* Whitley Michael, the daughter of Ethan and Shyla Michael of Oak Hill;
* Braylee Dennison, daughter of Ryan and Kassie Dennison of Jackson;
* Kynnedy Willis, daughter of Donnie and Nikki Willis of Jackson;
* Maya Adams, daughter of Mike and Laura Adams of Jackson;
* Brynlee Smalley, daughter of Christopher and Melanie Smalley of Jackson;
* Jayda Montgomery, daughter of Jason and Amber Montgomery of Jackson;
* Ally Ferris, daughter of Celina Tennant and Jon Ferris of Jackson;
* Addyson Dailey, daughter of Jason and Erin Dailey of Jackson; and
* Parker Curtis, daughter of Tom and Florence Curtis of Jackson.
The 10 finalists will compete in a final contest held during the 77th annual Jackson Apple Festival on Wednesday, Sept. 20 with the new Little Queen being crowned that same afternoon. Katy Jones was the mistress of ceremonies for Friday night's contest and she was assisted by 2016 Little Queen Sophie Williams. Also assisting during the contest were members of the 2016 Apple Festival royalty: Queen Tori Leonard, First Attendant Hannah Phipps and Second Attendant Loryn Strickland.
The Little Queen contestants were judged on the basis of interviews, personality, appearance, dress, and backstage behavior. Judging was done by four out-of-town judges.
Each contestant made two appearances before the audience, the first to introduce themselves and also be interviewed by Mistress of Ceremonies Jones. Each contestant was asked to bring an item with them on the stage and explain why it is special to them. In the second appearance, each contestant was asked to answer the same question from Little Queen Sophie Williams: "What do you think it means to be beautiful"?
Other contestants were: Maddy Cardiff, Rylynn Spears, Macie Ewing, Addyson Gilliland, Rhys Taylor, Brayley Anders, Alexis Thompson, Claire Trimble, Raylee Denney, Peyton Harris, Macy Houser, Hayden Malone, Eliana Parker, Dalyah Hill, Lily Swartz, Brenlei Floyd, Sadie Greene, Savannah Evans, Paityn Spitzer, Hailee Hargett, Abby Sturgill, Morgan McCarty, Rylee Curtis, Camryn Gillum, Kinslee Leach, Preslee Leach, Aisley Leach, and Kambrea Newsome.
Also during an intermission in the Little Queens Contest, announcements were made regarding the 2017 Apple Festival theme and grand marshal. Apple Festival President Joe Wyant announced that long-time staunch festival supporter and Osborne Equipment Service owner Terry Osborne, Sr. would be this year's grand marshal.
Also, Theme Contest Chairman Butch Aldrich announced this year's theme would be "Apple Blooms and Harvest Moons." Jackson area resident Laura Rose Armstrong submitted the winning theme as part of an annual Theme Contest and was the winner of $100.
Former Apple Festival Grand Marshal Carry Montgomery was the winner of $75 in a split-the-pot raffle, and drew a round of applause when he promptly donated it back to the festival.
Festival sponsors and supporters were also acknowledged. Ohio Valley Bank is the sponsor of the Little Queens Contest. The float sponsor is Andrea's Bridal, which also donated the crowns. Greenleaf Florist donated the flowers. Other Little Queen supporters acknowledged were: Aeron Johnson Photography, Lee Hamilton, Apple Festival Committee members and their wives.
Wyant also announced that pre-sale tickets for all-day ride passes for this year's festival were now on sale for $10 each. Jackson Area Festivals and Events members have tickets for sale now, but they will be available later at such locations as Ohio Valley Bank, Coll Auto Sales, Southern Ohio Smiles, Walmart and the Lewis Agency of Oak Hill.
Wyant also invited individuals to step forward and be community sponsors for $100 each. In addition to supporting the Apple Festival, community sponsors will be acknowledged in the official festival program and a random drawing will be held with two different sponsors to have the honor of riding in either the Wednesday night or Saturday night parades.
The chairs for the Little Queens Contest were Brandon and Genevieve Davis and Jimmy and Katy Jones.
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