Organizers of the Pike County Fair Queen Pageant announced last week that there would not be a pageant at this year’s county fair due to a lack of interest.
According to Barbie Gamm, there were only three area young women who had completed the necessary paperwork to be a recognized contestant. The pageant rules stipulate that there must be five contestants in order for the pageant to be held.
Gamm said that while she was disappointed that there would not be a fair queen this year, she believes that there will be more interest next year.
Meanwhile, organizers of the inaugural Ms. Pike County Fair Pageant and the Junior Miss Pike County Fair Pageant said they have extended their registration deadline to July 14.
According to Lori Fuerst, one of the organizers for the two new pageants, there are currently two contestants in the Ms. Pike County Fair competition and there are three contestants in the Junior Miss Pike County Fair competition.
Fuerst said she was hopeful that by extending the deadline that more area young ladies and women would register for the competition.
“I am hoping I can get other people to help pass the word,” Fuerst said.
As was previously reported, contestants in the Ms. Pike County Fair pageant must be 55 years or older by July 1, 2017. They also must have been a Pike County resident for at least six months prior to the fair.
Contestants in the Junior Miss Pike County competition must be between the ages of 13 and 15 years of age by July 1, 2017. They too must be a resident of Pike County for at least six months prior to the fair.
Applications for both the Junior Miss and Ms. Pike County Fair pageants can be found online at pikecountyfair.org.