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New Oil and Gas Festival Queens Reigns at Festival

By Staff | Jul 20, 2016

Photos Provided Last year’s WV Oil and Gas Festival Queen Emily Lopez crowns Autumn Carter as the new queen.

SISTERSVILLE – A queen was crowned Saturday who will reign over the West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival in September.

Autumn Paige Carter, 18, of Frankford was selected by a panel of distinguished judges who selected this year’s festivals queen from 12 contestants at pageant held at Sistersville Elementary School. For more information about the contestants, see page 7.

Tori Anderson of Paden City was named Ms. Photogenic and Beth Zirkle of Belington was named as Ms. Congeniality.

The pageant’s four finalists were first runner-up Kristen Kuniyoshi of Fairmont, Anderson as second runner-up, Shelby Lassiter of Spencer as third runner-up and Kathrynn Marie McKinney as fourth runner-up.

The Tyler County contestants included Marisa Gogan of Alma and Kellsi Anderson of Friendly.

Breanna Pekula of Proctor was a pageant contestant from Wetzel County.

Pageant Director Kelly Simms said the it was a tough competition between top pageant contenders.

“Yes, I would consider our pageant to be very successful,” she said. “I am so proud of all of our contestants. Our judges admitted to having a very difficult time choosing our queen due to talent of all the contestants. We are very lucky to have had so many wonderful girls competing to be our 2016 WV Oil and Gas Festival Queen.”

Barbara Vincent, director/secretary treasure of the Oil and Gas Festival, had high praise for the pageant.

“The pageant this year was very successful,” she said. “Many thanks extended to our pageant director and her committed for doing such a wonderful job.”

Carter will represent the nearly 50 year old festival at various ceremonies and functions across the state.

“I think she’ll be a great queen and do an outstanding job representing our festival,” Vincent said. “We’d like to extend our invitation to attend the festival September 15-17.”