Fourth time the charm for Miss Jefferson County Fair

August 24, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

LEETOWN, W.Va. -- The fourth time was the charm.

In her fourth year showing a steer at the Jefferson County Fair and fourth time competing in the fair queen pageant, 18-year-old Natasha Dawson-Kable of Charles Town won the title of Miss Jefferson County Fair 2009.

And while Rocky, her 1,238-pound Angus cross bovine, finished third in the market steer division and fifth in showmanship Monday, the longtime 4-H'er still has a chance to snag another big ribbon today with her 247-pound Hampshire cross hog, Spammy. The hog is the ninth swine she has taken to the fair since she was 8 years old.

"No one's actually been showing livestock since I've been competing," Dawson-Kable said of fellow contestants vying for the pageant title in the last four years.


The freshman biology major at Potomac State College of West Virginia University was one of 18 contestants who competed Sunday in the pageant.

Dawson-Kable walked off the stage with the coveted crown in a camouflage pattern dress with blaze orange that she volunteered wasn't as glamorous as her rivals' outfits.

For winning the title, Dawson-Kable received a $50 savings bond from Jefferson Security Bank and a trophy, and is expected to hand out awards to contestants as well as take part in other events.

"It's amazing so far," she said of her reign in the 57th year of the county fair.

A member of the Shenandoah Shamrock 4-H Club, Dawson-Kable said she saved the money she made from her livestock projects over the years and banked enough to buy a car, a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta when she was 16.

At the fair two years ago, she entered the fair's demolition derby with a Ford Esprit, a "piece of junk" that was only running on three cylinders to start and survived on one before it conked out for good.

"I like the action," she said.

If you go

What: 57th annual Jefferson County Fair

When: Through Saturday

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

Admission: $5 for ages 16 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 16; free for ages 5 and younger; parking is free

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