Cooper named Randolph fair queen

Most little girls dream of being crowned queen when they are young, and that childhood wish became a reality for two local girls Saturday night at Camp Pioneer in Beverly.

Eleven girls vied for the opportunity to represent Randolph County as Miss Randolph County Fair and Miss Teen Randolph County Fair during the 2013 pageant.

Makenzie Cooper, 17-year old daughter of Terry and Roxanna Cooper of Elkins, was selected as 2013 Miss Randolph County Fair.

“I am speechless,” Cooper said. “I am so happy to be selected to represent the county.”

Morgan Swisher was crowned Miss Teen Randolph County Fair. The 15-year old from Elkins is the daughter of Richard and Bridget Swisher.

“I am so honored to be selected,” Swisher said. “This is an amazing honor.”

Contestants competed in streetwear, evening gown, pre-pageant interview and on-stage interview competitions during the pageant.

The on-stage interview included a commercial each girl created encouraging folks to come to the Randolph County Fair.

Contestants also created exhibits that were auctioned to raise funds for the Randolph County Fair, which is slated Sept. 5-8 at Camp Pioneer. Best exhibit for the Miss competition was by Destiny Brown and best exhibit for the Miss Teen competition was by Katelyn Harris.

Those honored during the evening include Sara Weiford, 2nd Runner Up Miss Randolph County Fair; Katelyn Harris, Miss Photogenic and 1st Runner Up Miss Randolph County Fair; Alexa Noel, Miss Congeniality and 1st Runner Up Miss Teen Randolph County Fair; Beth Zirkle, 2nd Runner Up Miss Teen Randolph County Fair; and Ashley Fates, Miss Congeniality.

The director of the Miss Randolph County Fair pageant, Chrissy Harper, said she was proud of all the participants.

“These girls worked really hard and gave their all,” Harper said. “I am excited for each of them.”

Judges for the evening were Ashley Arbaugh, pageant director of Autumn on the Dryfork; Dr. Marisa Holland, owner of Elkins Medical Spa; and Ciera Nestor, 2011 Miss Barbour County Fair Queen. Former Miss Teen West Virginia United States 2005, Megan Casto, served as emcee for the evening.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by Ishah Franks, vocalist at the Orange Blossom Music Trail Hall in Lost Creek.

The 2013 Miss Randolph County Fair Pageant committee included Harper; Miss Teen Director Rachael Marsh; tabulators Debbie Riggleman and Shirley Hyson; auditor Melissa Walters; sound technician Liz Pritt; and escort Jerry Corley.