Rohr crowned queen of Three Rivers Festival


Buckhannon native will reign over festival May 24-26

FAIRMONT — One of Upshur County’s own will reign over the West Virginia Three Rivers Festival in May.

Twenty-five-year-old Tori Rohr was crowned 2018 Three Rivers Festival Queen last month in Fairmont, and now she’s prepping to make a slew of appearances during the festival itself, which will take place, as it does every year, over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26.

Currently a manager at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant, Rohr is a 2011 graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School and a 2015 graduate of Fairmont State University.

She’s the daughter of Lea Ann Rohr and Richard Rohr Jr. and the granddaughter of Anna Lee and Richard Talbot, and Betty and Richard Rohr and Rodney Murphy, all of Buckhannon.

In addition to appearing in the Three Rivers Festival Grand Feature Parade on Thursday, May 24, Rohr said she’s excited to partake in the other festival events, including, among other things, the pepperoni roll bake-off.

Rohr, who finished in the top 10 in the 2017 Miss West Virginia pageant, competed among a field of 11 contestants in the March 3 competition at East Fairmont High School.

Heading into the pageant, she said that a top 10 finish in the Miss West Virginia pageant boosted her confidence.

“I had finished in the top 10 in the Miss West Virginia pageant last year so I felt pretty confident going in,” Rohr said. “The only thing I was thinking about is, there have been a lot of current events going on, so I was a little bit nervous about that aspect of it.”

In fact, Rohr was asked about one infamous sports-related controversy ignited by former professional football player Colin Kaepernick that transpired over 2016 and 2017 involving NFL players kneeling to protest what they perceived as racial injustice in the U.S. The pageant included a personal interview, active wear and evening gown segments, and the top five finishers – including Rohr – answered a “fish bowl” question.

“My question was, ‘do you think it’s disrespectful for people not to stand for the national anthem,’” Rohr recalled. “I said, ‘it’s not something I would personally do, but I respect [what people who kneel or refuse to stand] are protesting.’”

The W.Va. Three Rivers Festival is designed to be a three-day extravaganza packed with family fun, a feature parade and plenty of local history. Its purpose is to encourage locals and visitors to explore the history of Fairmont and Marion County. Learning about local history and finding new friends is exactly what Rohr likes about competing in pageants.

“You meet a lot of people you normally wouldn’t,” Rohr said. “You always learn a lot about the history of different communities in West Virginia.”

When she’s not competing in pageants or working, Rohr enjoys reading, hiking and any other activity that takes her outdoors. She’s also currently modeling for Docherty Talent Agency based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was the runner-up in the 2014 West Virginia Strawberry Festival Queen pageant.

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