Berkeley Youth Fair queen all tied up with award ribbons

August 06, 2012|By RICHARD F. BELISLE |
  • Alicia Pownall, 18, of Martinsburg, W.Va., is this years Berkely County Youth Fair queen.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — One of Alicia Pownall’s duties as the Berkeley County Youth Fair’s newly crowned queen is to hand out blue ribbons to exhibit winners.

Monday night she gave one to herself for the wool cape she made in the 4-H Style Show competition. Earlier in the day, she handed herself a red ribbon when Dip ’n Dot, her four-year-old female rabbit, took a second-place ribbon in the rabbit judging. She also won a ribbon for cake decorating.

Alicia, 18, of Martinsburg, is entering a brown sexlink hen in the chicken judging competition that begins today at 11 a.m.

Chicken and rabbit raising runs in the Pownall family. Alicia’s older sister, Kayla, 20, and younger sister, Anna, 16, raise and show them in 4-H, said Dottie Pownall, the girls’ mother.

“All three are different,” she said. “Alicia wants to become a veterinarian, Kayla is taking accounting at Shepherd University and wants to own a dance studio and Anna wants to own a beauty shop.”

Alicia heads to West Virginia University Sunday to sign up for the university’s band. She played trumpet in the Martinsburg High School Band, her mother said.

She will major in animal science at WVU with an eye to enrolling in veterinary school, she said.

Alicia was chosen queen from a court of 16 contestants, said Barbara Frankenberry, who co-chairs the pageant.

Alicia was second runner-up in the 2011 pageant.

Her queenly duties will keep her busy all week handing out ribbons to winners of all types of events, including indoor exhibits, beef, lamb, goat and swine judging, horsemanship, the style show and truck and tractor pull.

Her duties beyond the fair will involve personal appearances at local events, including the Apple Harvest Parade.

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