Reigning Fairest of the Fair Sarah Grace Rains is fulfilling her duties as she helps prepare for the upcoming pageant where the queen will finally relinquish her crown.
Rains was out on Tuesday dropping off 2021 Fairest of the Fair pageant application forms at Upton’s Bridal and Formal Boutique, Trendy Trunk Too, Linen and Grace Boutique, Diamond Classics, and the Southern Standard, your source for local news.
“I don’t want to give it up,” said Rains, of her crown and the bittersweet moment looming in the future. “I did get an extra year. That still doesn’t make it any easier to do.”
Rains was crowned in 2019. Warren County A&L Fair, and its pageants, were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The 2021 pageant is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the grandstand. Rains offered advice to those contestants.
“Have fun,” said Rains. “Even if you haven’t been in a pageant before, have fun. Make it a good time and it will be an event you can look back on and remember fondly.”
Contestants must, among other requirements, have reached her 16th and not her 21st birthday by Dec. 31. The winner will represent Warren County in Tennessee’s Fairest of the Fair competition in January 2022.
Completed applications must be submitted by the contestant either Thursday, Aug. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m., or Saturday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Caney Fork Electric auditorium. An entry fee of $25 is required.
Pageant chairperson Susan Burks can be contacted by calling (931) 273-4195.