Fulton Co. queen has the Wright stuff

Kayla Wright named as 2005 Fulton Co. Fair Queen

Kayla Wright named as 2005 Fulton Co. Fair Queen

August 24, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - The 2005 Fulton County Fair Queen has short hair not because it's in style, but because 13 inches of it went to make wigs for children who are bald due to medical treatments or disease.

As part of her senior-year service project, Kayla Wright, 17, donated her long hair to Locks of Love.

Sunday evening, Kayla was crowned queen of the weeklong fair in this small community.

Kayla's interest in children with cancer or other medical problems stems from several family members having had the disease, she said. Her grandfather, William Moore, died in 2002 from a rare form of lung cancer.

The daughter of Michael and Dawn Wright of McConnellsburg, Kayla said she has helped with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and other fundraising projects.


Kayla was born and raised in McConnellsburg and was salutatorian of the class of 2005 of Snake Spring Valley Christian Academy in Everett, Pa.

She works as a certified nurses' aide at Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) Rehabilitation and Nursing center, and plans to take nursing classes at Wilson College this winter.

Kayla was chosen from among five contestants, and as queen will visit all the vendors at the fair and hand out ribbons, she said. She was the starter Monday night for the Demo Derby.

While Kayla does not live on a farm, she said her grandmother, Rose Moore, has a farm, and "I'm not afraid to go out and touch the animals."

A poet who was first published at age 12, Kayla likes to write and do service projects.

She has helped to build a playground and is active in the youth group at Cito United Methodist Church.

The question Kayla had to answer during the pageant was, "Which is more important, life experience or school?" That was a good question for someone who had 10 years of perfect attendance.

"I answered, 'School, because it helps you grow intellectually and mentally,'" she recalled Tuesday after handing out ribbons at the dairy show.

Kayla was sponsored by Peck's Refuge and Dana's Signs, both of McConnellsburg, and The Beauty Bar in Chambersburg, Pa.

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