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Jefferson County fair queen named

August 22, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

LEETOWN, W.Va. - Fifteen-year-old Teal Renee Pindell was crowned Miss Jefferson County Fair 2005 Sunday night.

Pindell, the daughter of Heather and Willy Pindell of Charles Town, W.Va., was one of five finalists for the crown.

The four other finalists were Caroline Kercheval, first runner-up; Ashley Brooke Breeden, second runner-up; Skye Spaulding, third runner-up; and Amber Boyd, fourth runner-up.

Pindell was crowned before a crowd of lively spectators in the grandstand who cheered and sounded air horns in support of their favorite candidates.

After Pindell was named the 2005 queen, an organizer of the pageant told those in attendance to allow photographers and news media to get pictures of Pindell first before moving toward to the stage to take their own pictures.

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Then, a large crowd surrounded the stage to congratulate the contestants.

"I'm so excited. I can't wait to start," Pindell said as she began moving toward the crowd.

Pindell, a 10th-grader at Jefferson High School, will be at the fair all week, participating in events such as awarding of ribbons and participating in some judging, pageant director Roxanne Stagner said.

Pindell will succeed last year's winner, Melinda Lewis.

This year's pageant attracted 55 contestants, Stagner said.

Contestants were judged on voice, personality on stage, confidence and appearance. The field of 55 candidates was narrowed to 25 and then to the top five.

The top five also were judged by the way they responded to questions asked of them on stage.

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