Strawberry Festival Pageants open the ‘Berry season

The Queen pageant winners are, from left to right, Charley Clayton, second maid; Cassidy Myers, 2019 West Virginia Strawberry Festival Queen; and Miranda Kalaskey, first maid and most photogenic.

BUCKHANNON – The 78th Annual Strawberry Festival Royalty is set after a weekend of pageants held at the Virginia Law Center for Performing Arts on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The teen queen and queen pageant capped off the weekend of festival royalty, including the coronation of the 2019 King Elect and returning King Joseph D. Robinson.

In the teen queen competition Madison McCartney of Buckhannon claimed second maid; Ally Spellman of Bridgeport claimed first maid and most photogenic; and Gracie Isabella Marsh of Clarksburg was crowned the 2019 West Virginia Strawberry Festival Teen Queen.

In the queen division, Charley Clayton of Morgantown was named second maid; Miranda Kalaskey of Charleston claimed first maid and most photogenic; and Cassidy Myers of Gauley was named the 2019 West Virginia Strawberry Festival Queen.

The junior royalty pageant was an exciting event though some of the younger contestants may have been more interested in a nap than their crowns and ribbons by the end of the competition.

In the four to five age group Liam Trent and Annabella Tenney were named the spirit award winners for their energetic performances. Tenney also claimed most photogenic.  Jace Tenney was named most photogenic and Jr. Prince.  Second Maid is Halle Faith Reesman; First Maid is Gracie Mae Rice; and Jr. Princess for the age group is Mia Beth Park.

In the six to seven Jr. Princess division Ella Whitehair was named most photogenic. Aaliyah Marie Lothes is second maid; Karly Hilliard was named first maid; and Brystal Addyson Shaffer was named Jr. Princess.

In the boys eight and nine Jr. Prince competition, Kristopher Wyatt was a one-man show being named most photogenic and Jr. Prince.

In the girls age eight and nine Jr. Princess, Claire Small was named second maid; Liliana Star Delaney was named first maid and Gracia Knight was named most photogenic and Jr. Princess.

In the Jr. Princess ages 10 and 11, Skylee Ringer was second maid and most photogenic; Katelyn Elizabeth Howes was first maid; and Madison Burnside was named Jr. Princess.

In the Jr. Queen ages 12 and 13 NinaMae Grace Coberly, was named second maid and most photogenic; Kendall Tucker, first maid; and Molly Lane Kuykendall, Jr. Queen.