Matlick crowned fair queen

PHILIPPI – Hundreds gathered at the Barbour County Fairgrounds Saturday to see the crowning of 2014 Barbour County Fair Queen Hanna Jene Matlick. The pageant was one of the first of many events in an activity packed week.

Matlick was crowned by the pageant’s special guest, West Virginia University Mountaineer Mascot Michael Garcia. He spoke to the crowd before the winner was selected, while the judges were scoring the contestants.

Garcia said one of the first things he noticed when arriving at the fairgrounds was the theme, “Discover Your Roots,” on a banner spread across the back of the stage. He said during his time as Mountaineer he’s had the opportunity to discover his roots by visiting several locations around the state.

“Be proud that you are from Barbour County,” Garcia told the crowd. “This is your county, West Virginia is your state.”

Matlick, 17, is the daughter of Kelly Matlick and the late Gene Matlick. She is a senior at Philip Barbour High School and a member of the volleyball, basketball and track team. She is also a member of the Friends of Rachel Club and the Key Club.

A large group of spectators in the crowd cheered and held up signs to cheer on Matlick as she competed in the pageant.

The other five girls competing for the crown included Carly Marie Ash, Haley Elizabeth Blake, Breanna Rinko, Morgan Quinn Weese and Sarah Leanne Snyder.

Other contestants were honored during the crowning ceremony. Rinko was honored for the best speech; Weese was named most photogenic; and Snyder was selected as Miss Congeniality and as the First Runner-up.

The fair will continue today with the Grand Feature parade stepping off at 6:30 p.m. with floats decorated according to the theme of “Discover Your Roots at the Barbour County Fair.” There will be no admission to the fair and the carnival rides will not be operating. Livestock registration will be from noon until 4:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Buckin’ B Cattle Company will present professional bull riding at 7 p.m. at the open arena.