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As the annual Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show got into full swing Monday, another Miss Owen County was crowned.
Madison Gamble, the 16-year-old daughter of Kelley and Teena Gamble, received the crown over 10 other contestants.
Gamble was also named Miss Photogenic.
Brittany Clark was the third runner-up, Danielle Hoop was second runner-up and Christina Johnson was first runner-up.
Christina Ueltschi was named Miss Congeniality.
Unlike many girls who compete for years in pageants, Gamble said this was her first pageant.
“My parents encouraged me to do it,” Gamble said. “I had support from other friends and family and from Becky (Duvall) and Lindsey (Tirey) to take part in something that our county offers to young people.”
Gamble will be a junior at Owen County High School in the fall and said she enjoys playing basketball and volleyball at OCHS.
“I was very nervous,” Gamble said. “But you just have to remember that it takes a lot of courage to get up there and do it. You have to be comfortable and confident in your own skin.”
Gamble said everyone who competed in Monday’s pageant were friends, but the experience brought them together.
“I think everybody in the pageant did a very good job,” Gamble said. “I’d like to say congratulations to all of them because they were all so good. We’re all very close friends and I think going through this process together brought us all closer together. We all did a good job.”
Gamble said she’s looking forward to everything the next year will offer her as Miss Owen County.
“I’m very excited to go to the state pageant in January and represent Owen County,” Gamble said. “I get to be in the homecoming and Christmas parades and anything else I’m asked to do I’ll be very dedicated to and wear the crown with pride.”
Gamble said she has lived in Owen County all her life and couldn’t be more honored to represent the community she loves.
Other contestants in this year’s pageant were Katie Jo Rohling, Kayla Maddox, Morgan Walker, Courtney Aldridge, Kristen Haines and Shelby Ueltschi.
Pageants will continue tonight with the Miss Pre-Teen Pageant at 7 p.m. and the Miss Teen Pageant expected to begin at 8 p.m.
Between the two pageants, Mother of the Year and Owen Countian of the Year will be awarded.
Other events today include the 4-H Small Animal Show at 4 p.m., the Children’s Pet Show at 5 p.m. and the 4-H/FFA Goat Show at 6 p.m.
Admission to the fair is $8 at the gate.