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
Photos courtesy of Vicki Reece, Media Frenzy Photography
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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.