By SUSAN LEATHERSBringing a long and entertaining day of beauty pageants to a close, 19-year-old Lauren Tyrrell took home the most important crown of all when she was named Williamson County’s Fairest of the Fair on Sunday night.
Bringing a long and entertaining day of beauty pageants to a close, 19-year-old Lauren Tyrrell took home the most important crown of all when she was named Williamson County’s Fairest of the Fair on Sunday night.
Magen Snead, a Brentwood High student, was named Miss Congeniality.
The annual series of seven pageants, which begin with a baby (12-24 months) category through Fairest of the Fair (17-21) took place Sunday in the Ag Expo Center during the Williamson County Fair.
Those looking for “Toddler and Tiara” moments, however, found none inside the Ag Expo Center. Makeup is banned for the younger age groups and dress must be age-appropriate. Every contestant gets a crown and a flower.
|Fairest of the Fair contestants|
The judges are looking for “a girl you would like to see on a Christmas parade float,” said Shelby Thompson, 2008’s Fairest of the Fair and current Miss Music City who was one of three judges Sunday.
Indeed, all of the winners represent the fair in the Franklin holiday parade, the annual Main Street Festival and Columbia’s Mule Day Parade.
Tyrrell, of Spring Hill, now moves on to represent the county in the state fair pageant held in conjunction with the state fair convention in January. The tallest of the field of 10 contestants, Lauren chose a silver halter-style evening gown for the competition. She enjoys cheerleading and Bible studies.
During the pop quiz portion of the pageant, led by 2011 Fairest of the Fair Jessica Lauren Wheeler, Tyrrell shared that she has six younger siblings and encourages them to be true to themselves and to embrace the gifts that God has given them.
|Miss Congeniality Magen Snead|
Each of the Fairest of the Fair contestants also underwent three minute private interviews with the three judges – Thompson; Lisa Bailey of Leoma, Tenn. and Marty Bradley of Lawrenceburg. Bailey and Bradley are certified Miss America preliminary pageant judges. The interviews made up 25 percent of the total score.
Little Miss winner Raegan Becquet, 7, of Franklin has a special story – she was born without a tibia in her right leg and it had to be amputated at age 1. Her mom Brandy Becquet said it has never slowed her down.
With her prosthetic limb, Reagan plays softball and cheers but “soccer is her favorite sport,” her mom said. The 2012 Summer Olympics and its emphasis on Paralympic athletes has been great for her, Brandy added.
The pageants were directed by Suzanne Ware, who has coordinated them every year since the county fair returned in 2004 after a long absence. Sharon Puckett again served as emcee.
Winners of the 2012 Williamson County Fair Pageants are:
|Little Miss Raegan Becquet is surrrounded by her runners up.|
|Junior Miss Alyssa Wenzel and her
Baby and Toddler Class (12-24 months):
Winner: Jaiden Roberts of Franklin
1st: Ansley Teague of Franklin
2nd: Emery Butler of Nashville
3rd: Anna-Claire Harrison of Franklin
Baby and Toddler Class (2-3 years):
Winner: Macy West of Franklin
1st: Ruth Brickell of Franklin
2nd: Drew Hargrove of Franklin
3rd: Berklee Soto of Spring Hill
Petite Miss (4 to 6):
Winner: Adrianna Johnson of Thompson Station
1st: Bailee Smith of Franklin
2nd Rosalita Funderburg of Franklin
3rd: Caylee Adkisson of Franklin
4th: Judah Mangrum of Arrington
Little Miss (7 to 9):
Winner: Raegan Becquet of Franklin
1st: Elle Brooks of Franklin
2nd: Josephine Polk of Arrington
3rd: Deanna Smith of Franklin
4th: Sarah Davis of Franklin
Junior Miss (10-12):
Winner: Alyssa Wenzel of Franklin
1st: Samantha Snyder of Franklin
2nd: Delaney Clayton of Spring Hill
3rd: Minnie Collins of Franklin
4th: Emma Wilt of Spring Hill
Teen Miss (13-15):
Karina Medina of Franklin
1st (tie): Morgan Smythe of Franklin
1st (tie) Kelly Mead of Thompson’s Station
2nd: Amanda Cooper of Franklin
3rd: Reed Collum of Franklin
Fairest of the Fair:
Lauren Tyrrell of Spring Hill
1st: Alexia Medina of Franklin
2nd (tie) Emily Suttle of Franklin
2nd (tie): Nicole Summerville of Nashville
3rd: McKenzie Babb of Franklin