Attention: Scholarship opportunity for 11th grade girls. The Hopkins County Dairy Festival Board is looking for young ladies who are currently juniors at any Hopkins County high schools, to participate in the Golden Jubilee Dairy Festival Pageant. This year’s contest promises to be quite an event which will feature 50 years worth of contestants.
This year’s queen will have the distinction of being the girl to win the prestigious 50th title and a scholarship worth at least $1,000.
Participants will rub elbows with elite array of women who have had the pleasure of representing Hopkins County as its’ Dairy Festival Queen.
Many of these former winners, including 2008 queen Haley Reynolds, will not only be in attendance at the coronation Saturday, June 20, but will also join the contestants during the Dairy Fest parade Saturday, June 13.
Girls will participate in a number of activities throughout the week of the Dairy Fest, (scheduled this year for Friday, June 12-Saturday, June 20), including a talent contest and parade.
The girl selected as having the best overall talent performance at the pageant will be awarded the $500 Stephanie Longino Davidson Talent Scholarship given by Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Longino in memory of the their daughter, who was the 1967 Dairy Festival queen.
That’s just a portion of the $3,000 in scholarships awarded to contestants.
The Hopkins County Dairy Festival Board also awards $2,500 in scholarships to the girls receiving the top four overall ratings. The new queen will go home with a $1,000 scholarship, with $750 awarded to the first runner-up, $500 second-runner up and $250 third runner up. Last year, those awards went to Haley Reynolds, queen; Britney Cheatham, first runner up; Alyssa Burney, second runner up; and and Kaitlyn Potts third runner up.
Although no monetary award is attached to the title, one competitor will be selected by her fellow queen contestants as Miss Congeniality; last year, Chelsey McGlamery earned the honor.
In order to compete in the contest, girls must currently be a junior at a Hopkins County school and contact Cindy Lancaster at 903-438-1620 by Friday, Feb. 20.
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