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Monday night, 12 young ladies stood before three out-of-town judges in hopes of becoming the 2009 Miss Owen County Fair.
After a two-hour contest that included formal wear and swimsuit competitions, the judges’ decision became final, and Shadow Perry was crowned Miss Owen County Fair.
Perry, who has been participating in Owen County pageants since she was a baby, said she feels at ease now that the pageant is over.
“I feel awesome and relieved,” Perry said. “I’ve been doing this all my life and it feels great to win.”
Perry said normally the preparation for pageant night is a long process, but she didn’t fuss over it this year.
“You have to get a swimsuit and formal wear and have your hair and makeup done,” Perry said. “This year, I waited until the last minute and threw it all together, but it all worked out.”
Perry said she tried to focus on the simple things as the pageant went on.
“Nothing was going through my mind,” Perry said. “Except just go through and don’t fall.”
Perry said she continues to participate in the pageants year after year because of the formal attire.
“You get to dress up and look really, really pretty,” Perry said. “I think that’s why I decided to do it again this year.”
Perry said the scariest part of the pageant is getting up in front of a crowd in a swimsuit.
“The formal is a piece of cake,” Perry said. “But the swimsuit is really nerve-racking.”
Perry is the 20-year-old daughter of Larry Dale and Teresa Perry. This year she will attend Kentucky State University as a junior.
“My parents always tell me that even if I don’t win, I’m still a winner in their eyes,” Perry said. “My mom helps me out a lot with finding dresses and my dad always gives me his opinion on my hair, which is never good.”
The first runner-up was Lauren Lowe. The second runner-up was Brittany McDonald. The third runner-up was Khristian Tate. The fourth runner-up was Laura Williams.
Kristen Haines was the winner of Miss Photogenic and Breanna Clark took home the Miss Congeniality award.
Becky Duvall, Superintendent of the Miss Owen County Fair pageant, was also given an unexpected crown.
Duvall was crowned Miss Owen County in 1969. Winners of the pageant were not allowed to keep their crowns then. Duvall’s daughter, Lindsey Tirey, was the winner of the 2001 pageant and wanted her mother to have a crown of her own for the hard work she puts into the pageant each year.
“It always bothered her that I didn’t have a crown,” Duvall said. “I almost cried but I decided it was just fun.”
Although Perry has been crowned the winner of Owen County Fair’s biggest pageant, she remains humble and said she was lucky.
“I know it was a really hard pick for the judges,” Perry said. “There were a lot of beautiful girls up there and I was very lucky just to win.”