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Oil and Gas Pageant Offers Much Talent

By Staff | Jul 19, 2017

Pictured are winner Emily Wigal and former Queen Autumn Carter.

The 49th Annual West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival Queen’s was held Saturday evening at Sistersville Elementary School. This year’s pageant brought 17 competitors from all over the state. The event was emceed by news anchor Taylor Eaton from Huntington.

Those participating in the event were: Alexandria Luikart from Marlington, Kellsi Anderson from Little, Mariah Murray from Newburg, Shelby Groves from Summersville, Lindsay Streets from Middlebourne, Victoria Anderson from Paden City, Kinsington Hammack-McClure from Saint Albans, Rebecca Rhodes from Mineral Wells, Erica Heiney from Smithville, Kirsten Kuniyoshi from Fairmont, Emily Wigal from Evans, Caylie Simmons from Franklin, Kenzie Frye from Spulockville, Paige Matlack from Parkersburg, Makeia Jonese from Greenbank, Shayla Griffey from Middlebourne, and Katlynn McKinney from Pennsboro.

The contestants were all given an opportunity to show off their evening gowns and go through a little question and answer period. All of the contestants gave wonderful answers to heir questions and all were very knowledgeable about the oil and gas industry.

The 17 contestants were then narrowed down to the final 10 contestants through a difficult decision process. The final 10 girls were the given another round of questioning. After this round the judges had finally made their final selections. The winners from this years competition were: Miss Photogenic Shelbey Groves, Miss Congeniality Emily Wigal, 4th Runner up Rebecca Rhodes, 3rd Runner up Kirsten Kuniyoshi, 2nd Runner up Shelbey Groves, 1st Runner up Makeia Jonese, and the Winner and new Queen Emily Wigal.

Special thanks goes out to Pageant Chairman Kelly Simms, 2106 Festival Queen Autumn Carter, Gary Wellman Inc. for providing the sound system, Amrine Awards and Apparel for providing plaques and sashes, Nside-Out Sports Apparel for providing t-shirts, Dudley’s Florist for the stage decorations, The Festival Committee for the luncheon, and The Fort for providing dinner.

The top three winners: 2nd runner up Shelby Groves, Queen Emily Wigal, 1st runner up Makeia Jonese

The Queen’s Pageant Committee and the Board of Directors would like to thank all who are responsible for the success of this year’s pageant. They would like to thank all of the family, friends, and guests in attendance for their support and invite everyone back to Sistersville from September 14th through the 16th for the 49th annual West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival. Congratulations to all of these lovely ladies that were a part of this year’s competition.

Photos By: Sharon Thomas Left to Right: Kenzie Frye, Katlynn McKinney, Mariah Murray, Rebecca Rhodes, Shelby Groves, Queen Emily Wigal, Makeia Jonese, Kirsten Kuniyoshi, Caylie Simmons, Victoria Anderson.