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Beauty and Grace

By Staff | Jul 29, 2015

One of the most popular events at the Tyler County Fair, the queen pageant, will take place next Monday night at the Tyler County Fairground’s main stage.

In a sometimes dismal world, we are thankful for this enduring tradition.

When compiling the information for the pageant preview for this week’s paper, we couldn’t help but be impressed with the talent and promise each of these young ladies show. In a world where young female celebrities go wild, and in a world where drug abuse regularly makes the front page, it is refreshing to see there are still role models for our young girls to look up to. Featured are eleven of them in our very own community. These girls know the importance of pursuing their dreams, the importance of family and friends, and also, the importance of remembering their roots and giving back.

We give credit to Pageant Director Melissa Smith as well. Melissa has excelled in several pageants, most recently capturing the title of 2014 Mrs. West Virginia United States. Despite her reign of queen being over, Melissa has not failed to continue being a role model for young women. She recently graduated with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education and resides in Tyler County with her husband and two young boys. Furthermore, she has continued to support pageants as well by being director of The Tyler County Fair Pageants, as well as the Middle Island Harvest Festival Pageant.

Under Melissa’s direction, there’s no doubt contestants are learning the importance of pageants. Contestants learn about confidence and respect in themselves, along with respect for others. We have no doubt that Melissa is more than capable of handling this task.