First time's the charm for Miss Jefferson County Fair

August 18, 2008|By DAVE MCMILLION

LEETOWN, W.Va. -- The first time was a charm for Jennifer Paige Jones.

Jones won the Miss Jefferson County Fair contest Sunday night and she said it was her first time entering such an event.

Jones said her grandmother was a big fan of the contest.

"I figured I might as well give it a shot. It was my last year," Jones said.

Jones is 18, the oldest a contestant can be in the pageant.

Jones, a sophomore at Shepherd University, is the daughter of Loretta and John Paul Jones of Charles Town, W.Va. She has a twin sister, Lauren.

Fourth runner-up was Kayla Brooke Holmes, third runner-up was Jami Morton, second runner-up was Kendall Vesper, and first runner-up was Olivia Nicole Staubs.


Roxanne Stagner, head of the event, said there were 35 contestants, compared to the 72 who competed last year.

Earlier in the day, Caitlin Myers was crowned Junior Miss Jefferson County Fair and on Saturday, Madison Elizabeth Cogle was named Little Miss Jefferson County Fair.

The weeklong fair along Old Leetown Pike north of Charles Town got under way Saturday with several new events this year, fair spokesman Locke Wysong said.

There usually are two tractor and four-wheel drive pulls and a third one will be held today at 6:30 p.m., Wysong said. The other two will be Friday and Saturday, each beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Also added this year is another demolition derby, and not just any kind of derby.

The fair's schedule said the new one added Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. will be a "BIG" demolition derby and the regular figure-eight derby will be Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

This is the 56th annual installment of the fair, which also offers music, livestock judging and other events like horse shows, ice cream-eating contests and hay bale tosses. It's also a big time for political candidates to meet and greet voters.

Bruce Chrisman of Bunker Hill, W.Va., was getting his Farmall farm tractors ready to show in the fair. Chrisman said his dad gave each of his grandchildren a tractor, and the family enjoys showing tractors at the fair.

It reminded him of the days when Chrisman's grandfather, Emmett Boyd, ran a farm on Shirley Road in Jefferson County.

"He'd be proud of these tractors now," Chrisman said.

If you go ...

What: Jefferson County (W.Va.) Fair

When: Through Saturday

Tonight: 6:30 p.m. tractor and four-wheel-drive pull

Where: Fairgrounds off Old Leetown Pike, three miles west of Charles Town, W.Va.

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