OMG! Katelyn wins texting contest! LOL!

August 25, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Anna Foss, 11, lets her thumbs do the talking during the competition.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

LEETOWN, W.Va. — Zippity Dooo Dahh ZipPity Ayy ... MY oh MY, what a wonderful day at the jefFerson CounTy faIr!

Try texting the previous sentence on your mobile phone to Barbara Welty at the Jefferson County Fair as fast as you can, exactly how it appears.


The winners of Wednesday night’s texting contest at the Jefferson County Fair had their thumbs full, thumbing the letters in their cellphones as fast they could in the fair’s second ever texting contest. Winners received $2 and $3 cash prizes and ribbons. Frisbees, whistles and lunch bags with a water bottle inside were donated to participants by contest sponsor Cell-Page Communications, a Martinsburg-based authorized agent for U.S. Cellular.

Miss Jefferson County Fair Katie Jones, 16, was happy to finish fourth.

“It didn’t go so well (last year),” Katie said after finishing behind Katelyn Duncan, 12, who placed first, followed by Jennifer Thompson, 13, and Kaylee Ruffner, 10.

This year, Jones thought she had typed the sentence correctly the first time, but the capitalized letters proved to be confusing, she said.

Duncan said she had lots of practice over the last two years and finished well ahead of the other three girls.

“I text my friends everyday — so you get fast,” said Katelyn, who won the contest using an LG Banner Touch cellphone.

Jennifer Thompson said she was looking forward to this year’s contest after not doing so well last  year.

Kaylee, who said she has been texting for a couple months, said it’s an easier way to communicate with her friends.

“It’s easier than talking on the phone — you can do it without getting caught,” Jones said laughing.

As thumbs were moving in the contest, Welty corrected at least a couple submitted messages, noting it was harder than what it appears.

Welty said she discovered on the Internet that texting contests are being held at a number of events elsewhere and proposed that it be added to the fair’s menagerie of speed-based competitions, which include pie eating, ice cream eating and milk drinking.  

“It’s all in good fun,” Welty said.

About a dozen children, including one boy, entered this year’s contest, a turnout that Welty said was lower than last year because Wednesday was the first day of school in Jefferson County.

“Last year, we had a barn full,” Welty said.

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