60 young ladies and 2 young gentlemen compete in Strawberry Pageant
The Tennessee Strawberry Festival Pageant, which is in its 38th year, was held on Saturday April 29, 2017. This officially kicked off the 70th Annual Tennessee Strawberry Festival.
Cynthia Rodriguez, the administrative assistant for the Dayton Chamber of Commerce and the Tennessee Strawberry Festival, stated that of the 62 participants in this year’s pageant there were only two young gentlemen competing. They were in the “Tiny Mister” category. The participants in the various categories range in age from birth to 20 years old.
The categories up for grabs were Baby Miss (0-11 months), Toddler Miss (12-23 months), Tot Miss (24-35 months), Wee Miss (3-4 years), Tiny Miss/Mister (5-6 years), Little Miss (7-9 years), Young Miss (10-12 years), Jr. Miss (13-15 years), and Miss (16-20 years).
The young lady contestants competed within their categories for winner, first runner-up, second runner-up, personality plus, and prettiest dress. The young gentleman contestants competed within their category for winner, first runner-up, personality plus, and best-dressed.
This year’s Miss Tennessee Strawberry Festival winner was Sarah Elizabeth Kinnaird of Sparta, Tennessee. Aside from being crowned winner, she also received a $1000.00 scholarship which was sponsored by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, and Tammy Gonzales of Farmers Insurance.
The program is under the direction of Kara Massengale. This year’s Emcee was Sheila Travis. The pageant auditors were Janet Arnold, and Randy Wells, both of Dayton, Tennessee.
Jennifer Shoffner-Strawberry Festival coordinator stated that she was grateful to everyone who assisted in making this pageant a success. And a very special thank you to the performers of the Johnson’s TaeKwonDo Academy for their performances during the pageant breaks.
Prettiest Dress-Ellington Lemons
Best Personality- Addyson Nicole Goss
2nd Runner Up- Ellington Lemons
1st Runner Up-Josie Armstrong
Winner-Addyson Nicole Goss
Prettiest Dress-Everly Swafford
Best Personality- Abbie Rayne Moore
2nd Runner Up-Stella K Smith
1st Runner Up-Everly Swafford
Winner-Abbie Tayne Moore
Prettiest Dress-Kinslee Ann Sinclare
Best Personality- Kinslee Ann Sinclare
2nd Runner Up- Eley June Steel
1st Runner Up- Kinslee Ann Sinclare
Winner-Nevaeh Grace Hale
Prettiest Dress-Kinlee Grace Patton
Best Personality-Kenlee Lydia
2nd Runner Up-Oaklie Sneed
1st Runner Up- Kenlee Lydia
Winner-Kinlee Grace Patton
Prettiest Dress-Charleigh Grace Smith
Best Personality-Georgia Kate Gooden
2nd Runner Up- Tahlia Fraizer
1st Runner Up- Charleigh Grace Smith
Winner-Georgia Kate Gooden
Best Dressed-Michael Eugene Waller Jr.
Best Personality-Michael Eugene Waller Jr.
1st Runner Up- Caygon Scott Eddie Waller
Winner-Michael Eugene Waller Jr.
Prettiest Dress-Brianna Couch
Best Personality- Brianna Couch
2nd Runner Up-Natalie Daley
1st Runner Up-Hannah Glynn Parr
Winner- Brianna Couch
Prettiest Dress-Anna Av Aslinger
Best Personality-Maelee Morrison
2nd Runner Up- Charlee Burnett
1st Runner Up- Maelee Morrison
Winner- Anna Av Asliner
Prettiest Dress-Bailey Morgan McCoy
Best Personality- Allyson Varner
2nd Runner Up- Georgia Leeann Sutton
1st Runner Up- Allyson Varner
Winner- Bailey Morgan McCoy
Prettiest Dress-Sarah Elizabeth Kinnard
Best Personality- Sarah Elizabeth Kinnard
2nd Runner Up- Caroline Rose Montgomery
1st Runner- Destiny Worthington
Winner- Sarah Elizabeth Kinnard