From a field of 60 contestants in the Fairest of the Fair competition, Emmalia Irenia Holmes walked away with the crown and coveted title Monday night. The 16-year-old junior at Warren County High School caught the eye of the judges with her beauty and grace wearing a white chiffon gown with a rhinestone encrusted bodice. Her proud parents are Scott and Adelia Holmes.
River Park Hospital awards the winner a $1,500 college scholarship to be used at a college of her choice. Reigning Fairest Melanie Grace Rush crowned her successor as the 57th Fairest of the Fair.
Joining Holmes in the royal court are Kaitlin Diane Morton, daughter of Amy Gremillion, first runner-up; Hannah Lea Turner, daughter of Chad and Jennifer Turner, second runner-up; and Taylor Dawn ElGouhary, daughter of Chad and April McCormick, and Erik ElGouhary, third runner-up.
With the contestants casting their vote for Miss Congeniality, the recognition was given to two girls. Honorees are Keley Brooke Roller, daughter of Yvonnda Roller; and Emily Grace Jaco, daughter of Monty and Jayme Jaco.
In addition to the court, contestants named to the Top 25 list include:
Keeli Shae Green, daughter of Rachel Green; Saydee Sueanne Daisy Winfree, daughter of Kent and Lisa Winfree; Rylee Kristin Hilliard, daughter of Danny and Lara Hilliard; Karrington Elizabeth Tanner, daughter of Mike and Janice Tanner; Katherine Jane Tubb, daughter of Joy and John Tubb; Hope Irene Valenta, daughter of Wayne and Bridgett Valenta; Isabel Faulkner Kirby, daughter of Bobby and Rachel Kirby; Caitlin Jade Stoner, daughter of Terry and Tami Stoner; Sarah Nicole Owens, daughter of Barry and Tonya Owens, and Denise Owens; Leslie Karen Moulton, daughter of Connie and John Moulton; Lydia Rebecca Wilson, daughter of Shane and Karen Wilson; Katie Beth Blankenship, daughter of Jerry and Beth Blankenship; Jessica Lauryn Templeton, daughter of Regina and Jeff Templeton; Shyenne Rai Blanton, daughter of Shelly Powell, and Ronald Blanton; Kaylee Paige Dixon, daughter of Misti and Chad Hillis, and Lang Dixon; Haile West Adams, daughter of Gina and Larry York; Kayla Nicole Hoch, daughter of Dorothy Sheppard; Catherine Grace Haley, daughter of Cindi Jenkins; Keley Brooke Roller, daughter of Yvonnda Roller; Eden Ann Fryar, daughter of Ron and Becky Fryar; and Jarah Mai Anderson, daughter of Johnny and Donna Anderson.
From the Top 25 list, 12 contestants were chosen to continue in the competition. Those girls are: Fryar, Hoch, Dixon, Kirby, Valenta, Hilliard, Winfree, ElGouhary, Turner, Morton, Roller and Holmes.