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Jefferson Co. fair queen keeping a full schedule

August 24, 2010|By RICHARD F. BELISLE
  • Kendall Vesper is the 2010 Jefferson County (W.Va.) Fair Queen. She was crowned Sunday.
By Richard Belisle,

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Handing out ribbons to winners and runners-up for everything from livestock judging to pie-baking and pie-eating contests is keeping 2010 Jefferson County Fair Queen Kendall Vesper busy this week.

But her responsibilities don't end there. She has other duties that can be a little less sophisticated.

The fair queen is expected to compete in such events as the pudding-eating, watermelon-eating and ice cream-eating contests, the milk-drinking competition and the hay bale toss.

She came in second in the bubble-blowing contest.

Vesper, 19, grew up in Summit Point, W.Va. She was named queen Sunday night in a competition that had 27 contestants.

Victoria Ballenger was first runner-up, Kayla Holmes was second runner-up and Morgan Henderson was third runner-up.

Vesper competed unsuccessfully in the contest two years ago, and she failed to enter in 2009 when she missed a mandatory meeting.

She graduated this spring from St. John's Catholic Prep high school in Frederick, Md., and begins classes Monday at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. She plans to major in fashion design.

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Vesper hopes to transfer to Savannah College of Art and Design, a top school in the field, in her junior year if she can afford the tuition.

"It's about $40,000 a year," she said.

She's always had a flair for fashion and clothes.

"I love to dress up, and do for almost every occasion," she said.

Her dream?

"End up in Rome as a well-known designer from a small town," she said.

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