Locals Compete For Fair Royalty
Several young Tyler County ladies will vie for a position of fair royalty on Monday, July 31, the first evening of the Tyler County Fair. Seven are competing for the title of Tyler County Fair Queen. Those ladies are as follows: Oceanna Smith, Lindsay Streets, Shayla Griffey, Morgan Maston, Ariel Fish, Aleah Baker, and Kellsi Anderson.
Oceanna Smith is the 17-year-old daughter of Heather Smith. Oceanna, when asked, said she would like to be Tyler County Fair Queen because the opportunity to represent her hometown, and “become a role model for many” would be an honor that she is “more than capable of.”
Lindsay Streets is the daughter of the late Freddie Streets, and Casey and Jeff Nice of Middlebourne. Streets is 16-years-old. She said she would like to be the Tyler County Fair Queen because “my family and I have been making memories at this fair for as long as I can remember.”
Streets said to represent the Tyler County Fair as queen “would be such an honor.”
Shayla Griffey is the 18-year-old daughter of Donnie and Melissa Griffey of Middlebourne. Shayla said she looks forward to coming to the Tyler County Fair every year. “There are so many things to do. I am proud of the county I come from, and I would love to be the person who is able to go out to the places to represent the fair.”
Shayla said she feels she would be a good role model to others who are younger.
“I want to make a positive impact on those who look up to me.”
Morgan Maston is 19 and the daughter of Josh and Melissa Maston, and Brian and Rebecca Baker, form Middlebourne. Melissa wants to be Tyler County Fair Queen so that she has the chance to give back to her community and “represent this wonderful county throughout the state.”
Ariel Fish is the 19-year-old daughter of Michael and Shawna Griffin of Middlebourne. She said she would like to be Tyler County Fair Queen because “For as long as I can remember, the Tyler County Fair has always been a part of my summer tradition.”
“I would love the chance to be fair queen, so I could travel the state and share all the great things Tyler County has to offer.”
Aleah Baker is 17-years-old and is the daughter of Tammy Rice and Brad Baker of Middlebourne. Aleah said she would like to be the Tyler County Fair Queen because “I know through all the activities I do, I can represent this county very well.”
Kellsi Anderson, 19, is the daughter of Kittie Anderson of Friendly. Kellsi said her family doesn’t always go on vacation every year, “but we always go to the Tyler County Fair.” Kellsi said the fair “is like having a vacation in your backyard.” Kellsi said she feels that Tyler County has one of the best fairs in the state.
“With me being a 4-Her, I like to make the best, better! With the cuts to our state’s fairs and festivals, it is important to promote our fair even more. I would be honored to have the job of doing just that!” Kellsi said.
Preceding the Queen’s pageant are the Pre-Teen and Teen pageants.
For young ladies will be competing for the spot of Teen Queen – Naomi Mathers, Alexis Helmick, and Jonaya Staley.
Naomi Mathers, 15, is the daughter of Rhonda Mathers.
She is involved in FFA, ATV riding, farming, and gardening. Naomi’s favorite fair activity is to be in the barns.
Alexis Helmick is 15, and she is the daughter of Larry and Ann Helmick of Sistersville.
Alexis is an active member of Ohio High School Rodeo, FFA, National Barrel Horse Association, and Tyler County Book Club. Alexis’ favorite fair activity is the horse show, as well as rodeos.
Jonaya Mareea Staley, 15, is the daughter of Shawna Staley, and the late Paul Staley. Jonaya is involved with volleyball, TSA, and she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Jonaya also enjoys going to the beach and shopping. Her favorite fair activity is riding rides!
The four young women vying for the title of Pre-Teen Queen are Lilyan Nice, Madison Lovejoy, Samantha Melvin, and Raina Long.
Lilyann Faith Nice, age 11, is the daughter of Kenny and Mindy Nice of Middlebourne. Her special interests include dance and gymnastics. She loves spending time with family and friends and volunteers for vacation bible school where she attends Middlebourne Baptist Church.
Madison Lovejoy is 12-years-old. She is the daughter of Cecil and Paula Lovejoy of Alma. She enjoys softball, basketball, swimming, drawing, and hanging out with her family and friends.
Samantha Melvin, 11, is the daughter of Craig and Erica Grimm of Sistersville. Her special interests include photography, singing, running, writing stories, and volunteering at church.
Raina Skye Long, is 10-years-old, and she is the daughter of Shannon and Tammy Long of Middlebourne. Raina enjoys listening to music, singing, and going to the races at the Tyler County Speedway.
The pageant excitement begins Monday, 6 p.m. at the Tyler County Fairgrounds’ stage. Pageant theme is “Western.” Pageants will begin with the Children’s Pageant, which includes Tiny Miss, Little Miss, Little Mister, and Jr. Miss. Entry is free for Children’s Pageant. Pre-registration is required by Friday, July 28.
For more information on the fair pageants, check out “Tyler County Fair Pageant” on Facebook.