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This was Allison Christian’s first year to compete and she was crowned the 2012 Stephens County Free Fair Pageant Queen.
The Duncan senior also won best party wear and has been heavily involved in other fair events such as livestock showing and decided to finally enter the pageant. Needless to say, she was happily surprised.
“I’m so excited because it is such an honor to represent the fair,” said Christian. “It’s my senior year and this is the one part of the fair I haven’t ever been a part of, so I thought I’d give it a try and I’m very happy with how it turned out.”
When going through the process of the a pageant such as the interview portion and walking the stage, Christian had a particular mind set.
“Walk slow and keep calm,” she said was her motto.
Christian will be recognized at this year’s Free Fair Rodeo and will help out with various duties throughout. She, along with the other queens from the different age groups, will help promote the fair, which takes place Aug. 22-25.
“I am very excited and I’ll be showing in the fair as well,” she said.
Miss Congeniality was voted by the Miss and Junior Miss contestants to go to Megan Heinrich. Heinrich has competed in the pageant before and won Junior Miss Queen in 2010.
“It was a great honor because all of the girls are so nice and for them to pick me, it’s just an honor,” she said.
As part of the 10th anniversary of the pageant celebration, several former queens throughout the years were recognized. There were 19 past queens in attendance, including Amber Skinner who won the first pageant in 2003.
This year’s queens included: Allison Christian, Miss Queen; Aubrey Bowden, Junior Miss Queen; Miranda Dougherty, Mini Miss Queen; Payton Ortega, Little Miss Queen; and Raylen Parks, Petite Miss Queen.
Other winners included: For Miss — Kaila Williams, 1st alternate; Sarah McGarr, 2nd alternate; Harley Angeles, 3rd alternate; Kristin Whisenhunt, casual wear; Allison Christian, party wear; Kaila Williams, photogenic.
For Junior Miss — Gracie Harris, 1st alternate; Montana McGill, 2nd alternate; Kylie Wilcher, 3rd alternate; Aubrey Bowden, casual wear; Aubrey Bowden, party wear; Caylee Hall, photogenic.
For Mini Miss — Olivia Cantwell, 1st alternate; Nicole Hendrick, 2nd alternate; Annabelle Johnson, 3rd alternate; Olivia Cantwell, casual wear; Olivia Cantwell, party wear; Brea Edens, photogenic.
For Little Miss — Ashlyn Jobe, 1st alternate; Brooklyn Walden, 2nd alternate; Makenna Fishgrab, 3rd alternate; Brooklyn Walden, casual wear; Payton Ortega, party wear; Brooklyn Walden, photogenic.
For Petite Miss — Makenzie Andrews, 1st alternate; Karsen Ketner, 2nd alternate; Victoria Apple, 3rd alternate; Raylen Parks, casual wear; Raylen Parks, party wear; Makenzie Andrews, photogenic.
Megan Heinrich was named Miss Congeniality, Caylee Hall had top ticket sales and Miranda Dougherty won the talent portion of the pageant.