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Despite the heat, the Owen County fairgrounds pavilion was packed Monday evening for the crowning of the 2013 Miss Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show.
Courtney Waldrop, the 18-year-old daughter of Kevin and Trudy Waldrop, will represent Owen County in the Miss Kentucky County Fair pageant to be held in January 2014.
No stranger to pageantry, Waldrop began participating in pageants at a young age, including the little miss pageant.
“I didn’t do many till I was 16 and then I did the miss teen pageant,” Waldrop said.
She was crowned Miss Teen Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show in 2010.
This year’s Miss Owen County pageant was open to girls from surrounding counties. If the winner had not been an Owen County resident, a second girl would have been crowned to represent Owen County in local events.
“I liked the idea that there would still be an Owen County girl,” Waldrop said. “But I was sad to think that maybe a girl from a different county would be representing us at state.”
Despite the changes, only two of the winners in this year’s pageant were from a surrounding county.
In this year’s pageant, the first runner-up was Dakota Trenary of Owen County; the second runner-up was Kelley Berry of Henry County; the third runner-up was Veronica Chisholm of Owen County; Brittany Clark of Owen County was named the fourth runner-up; Ashley Smith of Owen County was named Miss Congeniality; and the People’s Choice was presented to Danielle Kemper of Gallatin County.
Waldrop said she was shocked when she was called out as one of the top eight contestants in Monday’s pageant.
“There were so many girls that did such a good job,” Waldrop said. “I was relieved to know that I had made it in that group. I was very proud of myself.”
When Waldrop was announced as the winner, she said it took her a second to realize her name had been called.
“I was so excited,” Waldrop said. “It didn’t seem real at first.”
Waldrop said she is looking forward to her reign as Miss Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show.
“I think it’s gonna be a really fun, exciting year,” Waldrop said. “I don’t know what all is planned for me yet, but the fair board does a really good job and I know they’ll have some exciting stuff planned.”
Waldrop will attend Eastern Kentucky University in the fall.
Outside of pageantry, she enjoys sports, shopping, hanging out with her friends and traveling.