38th Annual Tennessee Strawberry Pageant

Caygon Scott Eddie Waller and his brother Michael Eugene Waller compete in the "Tiny Mister" category. (Photo by Dean Wilson)

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.

Category Winners

Baby Miss

Prettiest Dress-Ellington Lemons

Best Personality- Addyson Nicole Goss

2nd Runner Up- Ellington Lemons

1st Runner Up-Josie Armstrong

Winner-Addyson Nicole Goss


Toddler Miss

Prettiest Dress-Everly Swafford

Best Personality- Abbie Rayne Moore

2nd Runner Up-Stella K Smith

1st Runner Up-Everly Swafford

Winner-Abbie Tayne Moore


Tot Miss

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


Wee Miss

Prettiest Dress-Kinlee Grace Patton

Best Personality-Kenlee Lydia

2nd Runner Up-Oaklie Sneed

1st Runner Up- Kenlee Lydia

Winner-Kinlee Grace Patton


Tiny Miss

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


Tiny Mister

Best Dressed-Michael Eugene Waller Jr.

Best Personality-Michael Eugene Waller Jr.

1st Runner Up- Caygon Scott Eddie Waller

Winner-Michael Eugene Waller Jr.


Little Miss

Prettiest Dress-Brianna Couch

Best Personality- Brianna Couch

2nd Runner Up-Natalie Daley

1st Runner Up-Hannah Glynn Parr

Winner- Brianna Couch

Young Miss

Prettiest Dress-Anna Av Aslinger

Best Personality-Maelee Morrison

2nd Runner Up- Charlee Burnett

1st Runner Up- Maelee Morrison

Winner- Anna Av Asliner


Junior Miss

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

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Dean is a Contributing Editor with Rhea Review. Dean has developed an interest in local history and has published a historical website relating to our history.


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