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Cummins, Townsend named Miss Congeniality, People's Choice
Martha Townsend, left, won the inaugural People’s Choice Award while Arden Cummins was named Miss Congeniality by her peers. They are pictured with Fair Board secretary Wayne Davenport.

Arden Cummins didn’t have a reason why she won Miss Congeniality during the Fairest of the Fair pageant Monday night.

“I guess people think I’m nice,” she said with a polite smile.

Miss Congeniality is voted on by all Fairest of the Fair participants, with 45 girls competing in this year’s pageant. 

Martha Townsend won the inaugural People’s Choice Award as determined by online votes. The contest was held on the Pageant Planet website at a cost of $1 per vote. After the website took a portion of the $1 for its administrative services, the rest will be donated to Kids of the Community.

“Kids of the Community comes over and helps us clean the grandstands and I know they struggle for money,” said Fairest of the Fair organizer Susan Burks. “It was suggested the donations go to that organization and our Fair Board agreed and voted on it.”

Burks said she is hopeful the People’s Choice Award will continue.

“I considered it like a service project for the contestants,” said Burks. “I think it went great and I’ve only heard good things about it. It raised money for a very worthwhile organization so I hope it’s something we can continue.”

As for Fairest of the Fair winner Grace Rains, she will be the first to get a special prize donated by jeweler Jamie Stinson at Diamond Classics. It’s a gold and diamond ring he made and designed himself.

“Jamie’s thinking was the girls can only wear their crown for a year, but this ring is something they can wear for a lifetime,” said Burks. “It’s valued at $495 so it’s a very generous donation.”