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Winning the title of Miss Owen County has been a dream six years in the making for Brittany Clark, but with the sash and crown now in her possession, she hopes to be an inspiration for young girls in her hometown.
This year’s Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show Miss Owen County Fair Pageant was open to young girls from across the state and a total of 30 girls competed in the pageant.
Because this year’s pageant was open to contestants outside of the community, organizers decided if the winner of the Miss Owen County Fair Pageant was not an Owen County resident, a Miss Owen County was to be crowned to represent Owen County at the local level.
This year’s Miss Owen County Fair, Savannah Stevens of Boyle County, will represent Owen County at the state level.
“To make the top five out of 30 girls was insane,” Clark said. “I really didn’t think I would make it that far. I was so excited, it felt like my dream was coming true. It was just amazing.”
Clark is the 21-year-old daughter of Don and Lucinda Renfro and a 2011 graduate of Owen County High School. She is currently enrolled in nursing school at Kentucky State University.
This was Clark’s sixth Miss Owen County Fair pageant.
Clark said she began competing in pageants when she was around 12 years old at the Owen County Fair but didn’t begin competing in other counties until she was in her late teens.
“I stuck with Owen County for so long because I wanted to represent my hometown so bad,” Clark said. “Being able to represent my hometown has been such a big dream of mine. … Now I can finally represent my hometown through everything I’ll be doing for it.”
Clark said the competition for her has always been about self confidence and she hopes to be an inspiration for young girls in Owen County.
“My goal is to help younger girls,” Clark said. “I want them to feel like they can all be beauty queens of their hometown. Winning a pageant isn’t always going to happen, but I’m really hoping to give them the confidence that all young girls should have.”
Because of the large number of competitors, a top 12 was chosen and then narrowed down to the winners.
Gabrielle Brandt, Christina Johnson and Jessica Willhoite, all of Owen County, made it to the top 12.
Haley Minch, Brittany Thornton and Kim Gentry, all of Owen County, also participated in the pageant.
The fourth runner-up was Lindsay Haynes of Jamestown; third runner-up was Jenna Colston of Pleasureville; second runner-up was Hayden Grissam of Winchester; Clark was first runner-up and Miss Owen County and Stevens was crowned Miss Owen County Fair.