Celebrating beauty at the fair

Colleen Creamer • Updated Aug 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Just as the rain had diminished and the sun peeked out Sunday afternoon, the Wilson County Fair’s “Celebrating Beauty” Pageant brought out a little sunshine of its own at the Fiddler’s Grove Picnic Pavilion. 

The event celebrates the overall style, poise and personality of women and girls with special needs.

The event was the brainchild of former Wilson County Fair Fairest of the Fair winner Katie Dickson.

“When I was Fairest of the Fair in 2010, I had a young lady come up to me saying that she wanted to be in the beauty contest just like me,” Dickson said. “She told me she wanted to ‘be a princess’. I spoke with Leadership Wilson, the best class ever, and they assisted me in getting this started.”

The four age categories in the “Celebrating Beauty” Pageant include “Doll Parade” for kindergarten through second graders, “Little Miss” for third through fifth graders, “Fair Princess” for sixth through eighth graders, “Fairest of the Fair” for high school freshmen through seniors and “Ms. Senior” for ages 22 and older.

The three-person panel used a 1-10 point range to judge natural beauty (facial beauty); overall appearance (hair, makeup, clothing, attire, etc.); modeling (poise, modeling ability, confidence); personality (overall stage presence, smile and eye contact) with a highest possible score of 40.

Emmy Burch was the Doll Parade winner. The Little Miss winner was Kendal Crocker. Shea Kendrick was the runner-up in the Ms. Senior division, and Victoria England was crowned Ms. Senior. 

There were no entries in the “Fair Princess” and “Fairest of the Fair” categories for the first time this year. In it’s third year, the event is expected to be a part of fair activities on an ongoing basis. Future contestants are urged to get applications in as early as possible.

Visit the pageant’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Celebrating-Beauty-A-Wilson-County-TN-Special-Needs-Pageant-147878282041254 for more information on the event. 

For more photos from the event click here.

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