Teen Fairest Leela Kate Beaty and Preteen Fairest Willow Symari Rayn Durant were crowned Friday night during the first set of pageants to be held at the Warren County A&L Fair.
“I’m so happy,” said Beaty. “It’s more like ecstatic. I can’t believe I won.”
After making it into the Top 10, she was asked, “What is the biggest issue facing your generation?”
“The biggest issue facing my generation is a lack of self-confidence. It’s important to know your self-worth,” said Leela.
Durant also exhibited the qualities of a queen, even before being officially crowned.
“I want everyone to know that you are beautiful, inside and out, even if you aren’t chosen as one of the four,” Durant said as she waited backstage with the other top contenders in her group for the final results. “Take away the makeup and dresses and you’re beautiful. I just want everyone to know that.”
Beaty’s court: first runner-up Annabella Grace Culwell, second runner-up Sarah Kate Grissom, and third runner-up Aleah Grace Davis.
Also in the Top 10 were Sophie Rose Crabtree, Channing Cope Cummins, Macie Kate Newby, Lily Jordyn Rains, Katelynn Beth Bratcher, and Emilee Grace Lassiter.
Durant’s court: first runner-up Harper Monroe Patrick, second runner-up Presley Elise Winfree, and third runner-up Amberly Isabella Soto.
Also in the Top 11 (the judges’ decision) were Avery Faith Womack, Harper Claire Fuston, Ansley Grace Pepper, Kamryn Bella Campbell, Sarah Kate Winfree, Ellie Kate Myers and Allison Faith Hamby.
Beaty, 15, is the daughter of Candy Seals and Philip Beaty. She is a sophomore at Warren County High School.
Durant, 11, is the daughter of Wendie Meeks. She is in sixth grade and attends Warren County Middle School.