Sarah Yosten captures crown at 2007 Dairy Festival pageant

BY TERRY MATHEWS | News-Telegram Arts Editor

June 18, 2007 - June 16 is a night Sarah Yosten will never forget. Yosten, a Sulphur Springs High School senior, captured the title of 2007 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen, along with a $1,000 scholarship.

Staff Photo by Terry Mathews

(Left to right) Morgan McCormack, Kelsey Evans and Aly Jackson turn on the charm after the 48th Annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen Pageant Saturday night. McCormack was named 3rd runner-up. Evans was 2nd runner-up and Jackson was 1st runner-up to Queen Sarah Yosten.

Aly Jackson was announced as first runner-up, winning a $750 scholarship. Jackson sang a Dionne Warwick song for talent.

Second runner-up was Kelsey Evans, who performed a song, dance and violin number for talent. Evans was awarded a $500 scholarship.

Third runner-up was Morgan McCormack, who played the piano for the talent competition. McCormack won a $250 scholarship.

Kourtney Hughes was selected as Miss Congenality.

Jenna Davis won ticket sales, with Aly Jackson placing second. 

In addition to winning the title and the tiara, Yosten was named the winner of the $500 Stephanie Longino Davidson Talent Award for her interpretation of “Forget About the Boy,” from the movie “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” 

The 48th Annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival Pageant was held in the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Auditorium.

In addition to the Queen and her court, Megan Arnold, Jenna Davis, Kourtney Hughes, Colleen Lucky  and Chelsey Tiegiser also competed in casual wear, talent and evening gown categories before an appreciative audience of friends and family.

The contestants also participated in a one-on-one interview with the five out-of-town judges prior to the evening's activities.

James Duran provided special entertainment. Duran has been the opening act for The Marshall Tucker Band, Three Dog Night and Eddie Money.

Reigning Queen Katie Watson also entertained the crowd, singing “For Good” from the musical “Wicked.”

Eydie McDowell Ginn, 1983 queen, provided background music, while her husband John served as the master of ceremonies for the evening.

Judges for this year's pageant were Patty Scott, Greenville; Joan Wright, Denton; Sandy Weeks, Commerce; Brandi Morris; Winnsboro, and Heather Bales; Mount Vernon.

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