Danielle Wilfong, of Hambleton, won the hearts of the judges at the Tucker County Fair Pageant last week as she took the crown as the 2012 Queen Daphne at the county's fairgrounds at Camp Kidd.
Junior Fair Queen Amanda Harper and the Little Miss Tucker County Fair Queen Calista Eye also were named as royalty during the pageant, which occurred Aug. 22.
The two-hour pageant took place on the black and gold decorated stage, with organizer Phyllis Carr emceeing the event. Previous Tucker County winners 2011 Queen Daphne Samantha Burns and 2011 Junior Fair Queen Jonna Burnside assisted Carr with the pageant.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Anna Patrick
This year’s Tucker County Fair Pageant contestants as well as last year’s winners are, from left, Jonna Burnside, Danielle Wilfong, Hannah Lancaster, Tana Smith, Emily Carr, Natalie Evans, Amanda Harper, Jenna White, Trista Collar, Katie Moore, Calista Eye and Samantha Burns. Standing in front are members of the minor court, including, from left, Hayden Bennett, Marissa Judy and Macy Helmick.
Wilfong competed against three other girls for the Queen Daphne crown, including Hannah Lancaster, Tana Smith and Emily Carr. Harper worked to stand out to the judges for the Junior Queen crown among four other contestants, including Katie Moore, Trista Collar, Jenna White and Natalie Evans.
Moore was named first runner-up among the Junior Queen competitors, and Carr took first runner-up honors for the Queen Daphne contest. Joining the 10 contestants was a three-member minor court, which included Macy Helmick, Marissa Judy and Hayden Bennett.
Pageant attendees watched as the contestants showed off their personality in the casual wear outfit round. Contestants also had to create and perform a 30-second promotional skit for the Tucker County Fair in front of the judges and audience. All contestants also were asked one on-stage question chosen randomly.
Prior to the pageant, a solo interview was conducted by the judges.
Wilfong said the interview portion is her specialty.
"I'm really good at talking to people," Wilfong said. "I was really excited to win. I wasn't expecting it at all."
Wilfong, 17, is the daughter of Brian and Chrissy Wilfong, and she just began her senior year at Tucker County High School. Since she was 3, Wilfong has been competing in pageants. She was named the Tucker County Junior Fair Queen in 2010 and was named Queen Laurel of the Tucker County Hick Fair in 2005. Wilfong is a varsity cheerleader at TCHS, a member of student council, Health Sciences and Technology Academy, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the spirit club.
Tucker County's Junior Queen, Harper, is 14 and a freshman at TCHS. She is the daughter of Harold and Kimberly Harper of St. George.
The Little Miss Fair Queen, Eye, is 10 years old and the daughter of Val and Michelle Eye of Parsons.
During the pageant, country singer Josh Oldaker performed a variety of tunes for the crowd.