Mandy Kiddy is the 16 year old daughter of Mike and Winter Kiddy. Mandy attends Westville High School, where she plays volleyball, basketball, track and soccer. She is a member of FCCLA. After high school Mandy wants to be in law enforcement so she can help others.
Adrian Gaches is 15 year old daughter of Janene Benham and Darrell Gaches. She attends Stilwell High School where she plays slow and fast pitch softball, she is president of Key Club, the basketball team manager. Adrian is the 2022 Stilwell Kiwanis Sophomore of the Year. She is a member of First Christian Church. After high school she plans to attend college and work in the medical field.
Kylee Laginess is the 16 year old daughter of Teara Creamer and Mike Plunkett. She attends Westville High School, where she is the parliamentarian for the FFA Chapter and is also a member of FCCLA and student council. She is the founder of the school’s first ever National Speech and Debate team. She attends Impact Church. After High school she plans to attend college and obtain a pre-law degree and will then pursue law school or a PHD in political science.
Abigail Beller is the 17 year old daughter of Lance and Amy Beller. She attends Watts High School, where she is the class salutatorian, president of the FFA chapter and Student council and she serves as vice president of the Watts National Honor Society. She is the youth worship leader at her church. After High School she plans to attend John Brown University to earn a bachelor’s degree toward becoming a Pediatric Therapist.
Karly Eubanks is the 18 year old daughter of Joe Eubanks and Jill Eubanks. She attends Stilwell High School where she is in the top10% of her class. She serves as the co-captain of the varsity cheer where she was voted VYPE Most Outstanding Individual Cheerleader, she is a member of the golf team. She is a member of Bunch Baptist Church. After high school she plans to attend university of Arkansas Fort Smith and obtain a degree in diagnostic medial sonography with specialization in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Kylie Hinkel is the 15 year old daughter of James Hinkel and Alison Hinkel. She attends Westville High School where she plays slow and fast pitch softball and is also a member of FFA and NHS. She attends Impact Church. After high school she plans to earn a degree in biomedical engineering. She also wants to visit every state and all the National parks.
Haley Bolinger is the 16 year old daughter of David and Sandra Bolinger. She attends Westville High School where she is a plays volleyball, and softball. She is also a competitive hip hop dancer. She is active in community food drives and assisting with Sunday school classes. After high school she plans to attend Oklahoma State University and study veterinarian medicine, specializing in large and exotic animals.
Laney Williams is the 17 year old daughter of Clayton and Stacy Williams. She attends Westville High School where she is a member of FFA, National Honor Society. She is also enrolled in Carl Albert State College as a concurrent student. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation Youth Council. After high school she plans to attend the University of Arkansas Fort Smith for a bachelor’s of nursing to become a RN with plans to be a traveling nurse to help people everywhere.
Kallie Kidd is the 16 year old daughter of Jeffery Kidd and Amanda Brown. She attends Westville High School where she is in Choir and Drama. She is a competitive dancer at DDC in Westville. After high school she plans to enlist in the United States Navy and pursue a culinary arts degree, as she loves to bake.
Kelsey Marie Berry is the 18 year old daughter of Julie Guffey, Richard Berry, and Sandy and Kody Whiteley. She attends Westville High school where she plays softball, basketball, soccer and competitive cheer. She was selected for the all-conference teams for basketball and softball. She has been a member of FCA, FFA, National Honor Society, Student Council, math and science club and Cherokee club throughout her high school experience. She is a member of the Oasis youth group at New Life Church in Stilwell. After high school she plans to attend Rogers State University and major in nursing to obtain a BSN.
Zoe’ Sitsler is the 18 year old daughter of Brian and Jenna Sitsler. She attends Westville high school where she is a member of National Honor Society, 4-H, FCCLA (family career community leaders of America), FBLA (future business leaders of America), Art, and Carson Community Bank Jr. Board. She was your 2019 Miss Loyalty and 2008 Strawberry Princess. She is member of Impact Church. After high school she will be attending Oklahoma State University to study Family and Consumer Science and human development to become a FCS teacher.
The 2022 Stilwell Strawberry Festival Queen Pageant will be held April 2 at the Stilwell High School Fine Arts Auditorium.
Molly Helms, 2021 Stilwell Strawberry Festival Queen, describes the benefits of entering the competition for strawberry festival queen and encourages young women of Adair County between the ages of 16 and 20 to participate. Scroll down for quidelines and the application.
2020 Stilwell Strawberry Festival Queen Gabby Guthrie explains the beneficial experience she has had as queen and invites Adair County young women to participate in the 2021 Strawberry Queen pageant.
"It is so surreal that I get to serve as a role model and ambassador for Adair County. What makes this all so much more special is my aunt was crowned 40 years ago, and my cousin was crowned 10 years ago. Thank you to Kiwanis and the pageant committee for following through with this pageant despite the crazy circumstances. You work hard for this organization and it has helped so many girls, like myself, to learn valuable life lessons. Also, thank you to my family for supporting me through this whole journey."
"I hope to become a strong, reliable leader and role model for the youth of Adair County. I have such a big love for kids and want to incorporate them any way I can. Our daily lives are changing every day, but I still want to strive to be the best I can be with staying connected to my community, in-person, virtual, whatever bridge we need to cross in order to maintain this. I am so excited to be your 2020 Strawberry Queen!"
Gabby Guthrie, 2020 Strawberry Queen
2020 Strawberry Queen Gabby Guthrie
Photos courtesy of Vicki Reece, Media Frenzy Photography
2019 1st Runner Up Audra Gregory, 2018 Queen Chloe Brown, 2019 Strawberry Queen Sidney Ritter, 2nd Runner Up Sydneigh Fourkiller
2018 Strawberry Festival Queen Chloe Brown describes the festival pageant experience.
Tied for 2018 Miss Congeniality were 1st Runner-up Sydney Fourkiller and Queen Chloe Brown
Girls gain valuable poise and skills by competing for Strawberry Festival Queen
Girls from Adair County between the ages of 16 & 20 are encouraged to participate in the pageant. Pageant directors and Kiwanis Club members work with the girls twice a week for 6-7 weeks of training. Developing grace and the girl's own personal skills and talents are the focus of the sessions. Girls from all four county high schools and home schools have the opportunity to work and dance together, making new friends and having loads of fun.
By participating in the Strawberry Festival Queen Pageant, girls are given the opportunity to develop poise and self-confidence. They are taught interviewing skills and practice answering questions under stressful conditions. These abilities have lifetime benefits, enabling success in many work and social situations.
In addition, each young lady that participates receives a stipend and the top three contestants earn scholarships to the college of their choice.