With a Vintage Hollywood theme, the 56th Ripley County 4-H Fair Queen Pageant takes place Sunday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Damm Theater, Osgood. Doors open at 5:30.
Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up and free for younger children, notes Monica Hansen, Versailles, who is co-chairing the event with Amanda Kunz, Osgood.
Area residents should attend “to see what our county has to offer” in the pageant realm. With 16 contestants, “we’re one of the counties that has a good amount of girls who go out for the pageant,” the co-chair says. One reason the contest is popular: “Our queen gets at least a $500 scholarship” with the rest of the court receiving lesser amounts. “We work hard to get donations so we can allow the girls to get scholarships.”
At the contest, the mistress of ceremonies will be Katie Huffman, last year’s queen. The order of events: opening dance, business suit and evening gown modeling, surprise questions and answers, then the crowning.
Three out-of-county judges will score contenders in three categories with top scores of 50 points for the interview, 20 points for professional wear and 30 points for the evening gown. A perfect score is 300 since each judge can award 100. If scores are close or there is a tie, an answer to a pop question can better a score, but not hurt it. While the point system is useful, “it’s still up to the judges” who becomes queen. There is leeway as judges make subjective calls on personalities and other assets.
The queen and her court will work July 20-26 at the fair during the opening ceremony and passing out ribbons at Ripley County Fairgrounds Park, Osgood.
The newly-crowned queen will represent the county at the Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant at the Indianapolis fairgrounds Jan. 2-4, 2015.