Edmonson Voice Staff, Jimmie Duvall, photos
The 2016 Edmonson County Fair Pageants were held last night at the Edmonson County High School Auditorium with Tiny, Little, and Mrs. Edmonson County getting things started. Event coordinator Amanda Lich said that moving the pageants to the auditorium this year seemed to work well for everyone.
"Tonight will be the main event beginning at 7 p.m. with the Preteen, Teen, and Miss Edmonson County competing for their opportunity to represent our county fair at the state pageants," Lich said. "As one of the last open county fairs in Kentucky, we host contestants from all over the Commonwealth who are trying to earn their spot to compete for the state county fair titles. It is important to both the Lion's Club and the Pageant Committee to preserve the tradition of the pageant and so we always crown a local winner in addition to a state representative winner who can be from anywhere in Kentucky, including Edmonson County."
She said that the local winner will make appearances throughout the year at special events in the county.
"In planning for next year, we are considering changing the format of our Miss category to attract more local contestants," she said. "Ultimately, the goal is to raise funds for the Lion's Club to reinvest into our community, so we are always looking for new ways to grow participation. I want to thank all of our volunteers with the Lion's Club and the Pageant Committee for making everything run so smoothly. It is a labor of love for these folks and they do it because they love Edmonson County."
2016 Little Miss Edmonson County Fair - Lexi Shea Cox, daughter of Lee and Connie Cox of Glasgow 2016 Little Miss Edmonson County - Brooklyn Nicole Patrick, daughter of Allen and Courtney Johnson of Brownsville 1st Runner Up - Kenzlea Marie Decker, daughter of Jeremy Decker and Andrea Swift of Leitchfield 2nd Runner Up - Hannah Claire Cassady, daughter of Kyle and Stephanie Cassady of Chalybeate 3rd Runner Up - Sydney Nicole Blanton, daughter of Adam and Allie Blanton of Bee Spring
2016 Tiny Miss Edmonson County Fair - Shaylee Marie Hampton, daughter of Selina Linder and Jonathan Hampton of Roundhill 2016 Tiny Miss Edmonson County - Bristol Butler, daughter of James and Destiny Butler of Mammoth Cave 1st Runner-up - Bree Ann Johnson, daughter of Allen and Courtney Johnson of Brownsville 2nd Runner-up - Ayvan Grace Lindsey, daughter of Brandon and Jessica Lindsey of Brownsville 3rd Runner-up - Emma Lynn Hayes, daughter of Mathew Hayes and Morgan Haycraft of Leitchfield
Special thanks to Amanda Lich for contributing to this report.