The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
by Tammy Guile, Pageant Director
On July 21, 2019, the Raritan Opera House was transformed into a royal country paradise. A packed crowd awaited the announcement of the 2019 Henderson County Fair Queens.
Before, the crowning could take place, the contestants had to compete in interview, stage presence, speech, fitness and pop question. The contestants did an amazing job in all categories.
With the crowning of new queens came a tear filled goodbye to the 2018 Queens. As a queen's reign comes to an end many emotions fill the air.
As the 2018 Henderson County Fair Little Miss, Kenzley Winters, gave her farewell speech her tears filled the eyes of everyone in attendance. Kenzley is the daughter of Travis and Shanna Winters.
She started the pageant by informing the audience that she was not ready to give up her crown. Kenzley was an amazing Little Miss and took all of her duties very serious. She provided her Queen Sisters with a year filled with passion, energy and laughter.
After Kenzley gave her emotional farewell speech it was time for her to crown the 2019 Little Miss and her court. Little Miss Most Photogenic went to Islia Rodeffer and Director's Award was given to Kinleigh Fox, 2nd runner-up went to Aeryn Haun, 1st runner-up is Sloan Knapp and the 2019 Little Miss Henderson County Fair is ISLIA RODEFFER. Islia is the daughter of Megan and BJ Rodeffer.
Next, it was the 2018 Jr. Miss Henderson County Fair Lexi Kane's turn to say her farewells. Lexi is no stranger to the fair. She has been active at the Henderson County Fair for years. Lexi shows her livestock and enters her 4-H projects every year.
Lexi did a fantastic job representing the Henderson County Fair and gave a heart felt farewell speech filled with memories that she will cherish for a lifetime. Lexi plans to compete someday for the title of Miss Henderson County Fair. Lexi is the daughter of Brian and Amanda Kane.
The time had come to pass on her reign, and the Most Photogenic Award went to Hannah Carnes, Director's Award went to Brooklynn Salyers, the recipient of the Joseph Kane Memorial Award was Ruby Gittings, 2nd Runner-up was Michaela Meyer, 1st runner-up was Ruby Gittings, and the 2019 Jr. Miss Henderson County Fair is HANNAH CARNES.
Hannah Carnes is the daughter of Brenda Carnes. Hannah is looking forward to her year and her duties and did an outstanding job at the pageant, Hannah gave her speech on the trials of the farmers in Henderson County this year due to the flooding.
As the gorgeous Queen contestants took the stage for the crowning of the 2019 Henderson County Fair Queen, the audience was on the edge of their seats and cheering for their favorite contestant.
The 2018 Henderson County Fair Queen Kaitlyn Kane gave an elegant farewell speech on what her year as Queen had meant to her and thanked those that helped her during her reign.
Kaitlyn amazed everyone she met this year by her vast knowledge and commitment to the agricultural industry. She is breaking glass ceilings in the agricultural world that remains a male dominated profession. Kaitlyn plans to finish college and become a veterinarian. Kaitlyn is the daughter of James and Kim Kane.
Now the time came to announce the 2019 Miss Henderson County Fair and her court. The Photogenic Award went to Abby Dowell, the Fitness Award to Abby Dowell, the Director's Award went to Diana Reyes, 1st runner-up was Diana Reyes and the 2019 Henderson County Fair Queen is Abby Dowell. Abby is the daughter of Barry and Terri Dowell of Stronghurst.
Abby is a recent graduate of Notre Dame High School and plans to attend SCC this fall to begin her educational journey to become a nurse practitioner. Abby is no stranger to the fair as she has shown livestock and projects there since she was young. She also mows the lawn at the fair.
Please come out to the fair and visit with the 2019 Queens.
The 2019 Henderson County Fair Queens crowned Sunday are: Queen, Abby Dowell, Jr. Miss, Hannah Carnes, Little Miss, Islia Rodeffer