Furby named Miss Barbour County Fair

Photos courtesy of Bruce Short Taking part in the opening of the Barbour County Fair Saturday were, front row, the minor court, featuring in no particular order Jensen Hymes, Ethan Harris, Riley Phillips, Emily Schoonover, Maya Croston and Victoria Nicole Cale; and, back row, from left, Haylie Nichole Everson, Most Photogenic; Sierra Arlene Dickenson; 2018 Miss Barbour County Fair Queen Tristen Furby; Darby Shaylyn Kincaid, and first runner-up and Miss Congeniality Anna Marie Ruf.

BELINGTON — Tristen Marra Furby was chosen as the 2018 Miss Barbour County Fair Queen Saturday.

The contest was held during the ceremonial opening of the 43rd version of the fair. The competition featured five of the best of Barbour Country’s young ladies. They competed in segments including interview, on stage fair commercial, evening gown, and on-stage question. She was crowned by the manager of Gambill Amusement, the carnival of choice of the Barbour County Fair.

Tristen is the 19-year-old daughter of Gerald and Traci Furby of Belington. She is a sophomore at Davis & Elkins College where she is studying nursing and was recently inducted into the National Honor Society of college students. She is 5’5″ tall and has black hair and brown eyes.

Tristen was the PB student council president, majorette in the Philip Barbour Marching Colt band, was a member of the National Honor Society of High School Students, president of the FBLA, Torch and Laurel Society member, HSTA recipient, member of WV Inspire for Youth Voter Registration and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Philip Barbour High School in 2017. Tristen was a princess in the 81st Forest Festival in 2017. She was a member of the PBHS cross country team that were state champions in 2013 and 2016.

Anna Marie Ruf was chosen as the first runner-up and will serve should the queen be unable to. She was voted Miss Congeniality by the contestants. Anna Marie is the 17-year-old daughter of Eric and Jana Ruf of Belington. This Philip Barbour senior is 5’2″ tall with blonde hair and blue eyes.

2018 Miss Barbour County Fair Queen Tristen Furby is crowned Saturday by the manager of Gambill Amusement.

Anna is a twirler and saxophonist for the pride of Barbour County, the Philip Barbour marching Colts, a member of the National Honor Society, Junior Class President, Key Club President, Student Council Representative and a member of the Natural Helpers Club. She was a Golden Horseshoe winner in 2015, a Colt Character Award winner in 2016 and has won a Young Writers Award the past three years. This summer she represented Barbour County at Rhododendron Girls State and has maintained a 4.0 average through her Junior year.

Haylie Nichole Everson was chosen as Most Photogenic and awarded the Best Speech plaque. Haylie is the 17-year-old daughter of Thomas and Brandy Everson of Belington and is a senior at Philip Barbour High School. She stands 5 feet tall and has green eyes and brown hair. Haylie was a cheerleader at PB for two years and a member of the Philip Barbour Marching Band for 3 years.

Haylie’s future plans are to go to college and become an oncologist because she wants to help people with a cancer diagnosis. Her current hobbies are drawing, listening to music and hanging out with friends.

Also competing were Darby Shaylyn Kincaid and Sierra Arlene Dickenson.

Standing 5’8″ with blue eyes and brown hair, Darby Shaylyn Kincaid is the 19-year-old daughter of Kate and Kerry Kincaid of Philippi. Darby is a 2017 graduate of Philip Barbour High School and while there Darby was a French horn and trumpet soloist of the Pride of Barbour County, the PB Colt Marching Band. She was also a member of the choir and was an honor roll student.

2018 Miss Barbour County Fair Queen Tristen Furby, left, is congratulated by 2017 Miss Barbour County Fair Queen Skylar Ketchem.

Sierra is a 2018 graduate of Philip Barbour High School where she was a member of the Philip Barbour Colts Marching Band. She currently is a freshman at the University of Charleston where she plans to obtain her bachelors degree in biology. Standing 5’10” with brown hair and hazel eyes, Sierra is the 18-year-old daughter of Samuel and Melissa Dickenson of Philippi.

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