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Teen crowned Jefferson Co. fair queen

August 20, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

LEETOWN, W.Va. - A nursing student at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College was crowned Miss Jefferson County Fair during the opening day of the fair Sunday.

Victoria Evans Holler, who was second runner-up in the contest last year, was named the winner out of the top five contestants Sunday night.

"I can't breathe. I'm very honored," an excited Holler said after winning.

There were 39 contestants, which were later reduced to a field of 20, then to five.

Fourth runner-up was Rachel Dawn Richardson, third runner-up was Kristen Boyd, second runner-up was Amber Nicole Boyd and first runner-up was Olivia Staubs.

Holler, 17, said she hopes to work in a hospital trauma unit after receiving her nursing education. She grew up in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and is the daughter of Milton and Ruthlee Holler of Shepherdstown.

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Holler will take over the crown from Bobi Jo Swartz, who won the pageant last year.

Holler will represent the fair this week, and will hand out ribbons, among other responsibilities, said pageant spokeswoman Roxanne Stagner.

The field of 39 contestants was down from the 72 who competed last year, Stagner said.

Stagner attributed the lower number of contestants to the decision to cut the registration period down to one day rather than spreading it out.

The Jefferson County Fair continues through Saturday and will feature demolition derbies, livestock judging, educational exhibits and a performance by the Poverty Neck Hillbillies country music band Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Jefferson County Fair crowned its Junior Miss Sunday afternoon at the start of the 55th annual event on Old Leetown Pike outside Charles Town.

Lilly Rebecca Runion was named Junior Miss Jefferson County Fair after competing with more than 60 contestants in the second pageant held this week at the fair.

Rounding out the top five were first runner-up Caitlin Myers, second runner-up Cassidy Elizabeth Lutman, third runner-up Kierstin Chapman and fourth runner-up Miranda Renee Godfrey.

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