ELKINS - Hurricane resident Alexa Christine Fox has been selected as Maid Silvia for the 78th Mountain State Forest Festival by Director General Ben Shaffer.
The selection of Maid Silvia has been kept confidential for months. She will visit Elkins Sunday to attend a private reception in her honor, sponsored by Graceland Inn, Restaurant and Conference Center at Davis & Elkins College and hosted by Chef Derrick Lantz.
"It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Alexa Fox as Maid Silvia the 78th," Shaffer said. "I am fortunate to have the opportunity to appoint someone that has a strong history with, and appreciation of, the Mountain State Forest Festival and the Elkins community. Alexa is an intelligent, friendly, compassionate young woman who has a love of children. These are ideal qualities that make her a perfect fit to reign over this year's Festival."
Fox, 18, is the daughter of James "Jamie" and Michelle Fox of Hurricane. She is the granddaughter of Barbara Roman and the late Lewis Roman of St. Albans and the late Russell and Mabel Fox. She has two siblings, sister Isabella and brother Preston.
Fox and her family have long ties with Randolph County.
She and her family lived in Elkins from 1995-2002. While in Elkins, she attended First United Methodist Church and was a student at Montessori Early Learning Center and Midland Elementary School. Alexa's mother helped on several Forest Festival committees including the Minor Court Committee and Princess Housing.
"I am very excited to have been chosen as Maid Silvia," Fox said. "The Forest Festival has always been very special to my family and me. I attended my first festival when I was three weeks old. I am really looking forward to coming back to Elkins and being able to be a part of this Festival."
The future queen will be a sophomore at West Virginia University this fall, where she is majoring in criminology. The Promise Scholar recipient is a member of the Mountaineer Maniacs. She also is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society. She is considering law school after graduation.
Fox graduated from Hurricane High School in 2013. There, she was a member of the varsity cheerleading squad for two years. She was a member of her school's Key Club and also a member of the Ski Club. She and her family attend the Catholic Church of Ascension.
Fox will be crowned as queen of the 78th Mountain State Forest Festival during the Royal Coronation, set for Oct. 3 at Davis & Elkins College. Attended by 40 princesses from around the state, two maids of honor and a minor court, she will receive her crown from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in an outdoor ceremony.
The 78th Mountain State Forest Festival will be celebrated in Elkins from Sept. 27 through Oct. 5.