Six judges had a very tough decision to make on Saturday at the Clay County 4-H Exhibit Hall and after two contests the judges narrowed down 33 contestants to name two young ladies as 4-H fair royalty. They are Princess Paige Smith and Queen Heather Hewitt.
After going through an interview with judges before the pageant and modeling an outfit of their choosing and an evening gown, judges narrowed the 21 princess contestants to 5. The 5 girls were given the question "If you were the host of a TVshow, who would you interview and why?" Smith answered Julia Roberts because it was her favorite actress and she thinks of her as a good role model. The crowd anxiously awaited the judges final decision and exploded with applause when Smith was announced as the winner.
A two-year member of 4-H Smith has participated in gift wrapping, foods and sewing. She decided to run for princess because she is friends with past princess Cameron Gerber and she thought it would be a good idea and a fun opportunity to meet new people.
Like her favorite actress Julia Roberts, Smith will now be a role model. "I think I will be a good role model because I think I have a good personality and I interact well with people. I am involved in a lot of school activities and I have good leadership skills."
Smith, a 15-year-old, is the daughter of Brian and Julie Smith. She was sponsored by Century 21 Hometown Reality Inc. She will be a sophomore at Northview High School this fall.
The queen contestants wowed the audience with a dance to "Angry American" by Toby Keith and choreographed by 2002 Clay County 4-H Princess Cameron Gerber. After quick introductions by each contestant, the ladies modeled professional wear. After a video of the contestants past week was shown the contestants emerged from behind the stage in evening gowns. While judges tallied up the scores 2002 Clay County 4-H Queen Lacy Emery delivered her farewell speech. She offered the contestants one last piece of advice, to be themselves. She said, "How else do you think a skinny farm girl won this contest?" Emery then took her final walk and took a seat on the stage to watch the rest of the competition.
The 12 contestants were narrowed to 5 and asked the question, "On the popular show Survivor each contestant is allowed one luxury item. If you were going to be away from civilization what in luxury item would you take and why?" Hewitt answered the difficult question with a simple answer, a toothbrush.
When they called her name for the top 5 a very nervous Hewitt says she was thrilled to have made it that far. Then her name was called a surprising second time as the winner. "I felt like I was dreaming . I didn't think this could be happening to me. I was so excited."
She is now looking forward to enjoying the experience of being queen, making a lot of new friends and having a lot of fun.
Seventeen-year-old Hewitt is the daughter of Tom and Joyce Hewitt. She will be a Senior at Northview in the fall. She was sponsored by her place of employment, Dairy Queen.