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 & 21 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. Pageant directors are former Strawberry Festival Queens who are willing and able to pass along their expertise to the young ladies who are interested in learning to present themselves in the best light.
In addition, each young lady that participates receives a stipend and the top three contestants earn scholarships to the college of their choice.
For more information on the pageant and who is eligible, read the Rules and Conditions Governing the Strawberry Festival Queen Pageant below. Around the first of January, information on how to apply will be available at local high schools and through the local newspapers.