Fairest of the Fair

From left are winners in the age 16-20 years category, first runner-up Kylee Ann Nicole Stephens, daughter of Andrea and Jamie Stephens; Fairest of the Fair Queen Bella Paul Hartwig, daughter of Tiffany and Shane Hartwig; third runner-up and Miss Photogenic Harley Thompson, daughter of Stacey and Jim Bob Thompson; second runner-up and People’s Choice Queen for the 10-20 year division is Miki Dae Sims, daughter of Melinda and Martin Sims. 

Miss Sparkle

From left are winners in the Miss Sparkle Pageant 16-20 years category, fourth runner-up Scarlett Fults, daughter of Carmin Fults and T.J. McFarland; second runner-up Sydney Parsons, daughter of Misty Huffman; Miss Sparkle Queen Megan Paige Hartwig, daughter of Tiffany and Shane Hartwig and the late Rachel Kennedy; first runner-up Emma Kate Clark, daughter of Roland Clark and granddaughter of Jan and Bobby Clark; and third runner-up Kate Andrews, daughter of Jean Ann and Mark Andrews.


From left are winners of the age 13-15 years category, first runner-up Jenna Kate Hill, daughter of Amanda and Kevin Hill; second runner-up Mauresha Eddings, daughter of Kimberly Eddings and Maurice McCord; Teen Fairest of the Fair and Miss Photogenic Queen Laia Rose, daughter of Wanda and Chris Rose; and third runner-up Emily Ann Stines, daughter of Heatherly and Jonathan Stines.


From left are winners of the age 10-12 years category, second runner-up Lauren “Zoey” Hall, daughter of Rachael and Clay Hall; third runner-up Alyssa Leighanna Castleman, daughter of Mindy Sheppard; Miss Sparkle Emma Ann Jackson, daughter of Samantha and Tim Jackson; Pre-Teen Fairest of the Fair Queen Kalynn MacKenzie Parsons, daughter of Christina and Luke Medley; and first runner-up and Miss Photogenic Jayden Keith, daughter of Stephen Curry.


From left are winners of the age 6-9 years category, third runner-up and People’s Choice Queen in the newborn to age 9 division Teesa Pickett, daughter of Abby and John Pickett; Miss Sparkle Addyson Paige Legan, daughter of Jennifer and Jeremy Legan; second runner-up Kennedy Simmons, daughter of Ciara Ballinger and Josh Simmons; Petite Miss Fairest of the Fair Layla Grace Riley, daughter of Jessica and James Riley; and first runner-up Victoria Taylor Nelson, daughter of Ashley and Adam Nelson.

Little Miss

From left are winners in the age 3-5 years category, third runner-up ZaNyla Janelle Leslie, daughter of Zana Leslie; second runner-up and Miss Photogenic Jenelle Jewel Gipson, daughter of Lisa and Michael Gipson; first runner-up Braylyn Hendon, daughter of Amanda and Daniel Hendon; and Little Miss Fairest of the Fair Keeley Simmons, daughter of Ciara Ballinger and Josh Simmons.

Tiny Miss

From left are winners in the newborn to 2 years category. Standing in front is Tiny Miss Fairest of the Fair Madalyn Grace Rogers, daughter of Nikki and Justin Rogers; first runner-up Kedzie Jazelle Lindsey, daughter of Paige and Taylor Lindsey; second runner-up Madison Jacks, daughter of Jessica Parker and Darrell Jacks; Miss Photogenic LeeAnna Mae Vanzant, daughter of Lindsay and Jeremy Vanzant; and third runner-up Mileena Rose Yates, daughter of Tiffany Clark and Timothy Yates.

The Franklin County Fair hosted its 13th annual Fairest of the Fair Pageant on Saturday as well as its first Miss Sparkle Pageant.

A total of 71 contestants in various age divisions competed for the titles. Both pageants are sponsored by the Franklin County Fair.

Cindy Henn, director of the pageant, said: “We had an evening of beauties and smiling faces as these sweet girls wowed the audience. This year, we were honored to host our first-ever Miss Sparkle Pageant in conjunction with our Fairest of the Fair.”

She explained the Miss Sparkle Pageant is for girls with special needs.

“This was an inclusive pageant in that our Miss Sparkle contestants competed alongside our Fairest of Fair contestants,” Henn said. “It was wonderful to see how each girl gave encouragement and cheered on each other as they took to the stage. We anticipate the Miss Sparkle to be a pageant that we can continue each year.”

The judges admitted they had difficult decisions to make all evening from the parade of stunning contestants.

Culminating the evening was the crowning of the 2019 Fairest of the Fair Queen in the age 16-20 division.

Miss Bella Paul Hartwig was chosen to represent the Franklin County Fair in the Tennessee Fairest of the Fair competition in January at the Tennessee Association of Fairs annual convention.

She will vie for the state title with 54 other county fair queens in the annual event.

First runner-up Kylee Ann Nicole Stephens was crowned Franklin County Sweetheart Queen and will compete on Oct. 19 in Crossville for the Tennessee Fair Miss Sweetheart Queen title.

People’s Choice Queens featured two divisions: Newborn to 9 years and 10 to 20 years. This was an optional category allowing parents, friends and family the opportunity to vote for their favorite contestant.

Votes were $1 each and fans were invited to vote as many times as they wanted with all money raised to be donated to a local charity chosen by Franklin County’s Fairest of the Fair.

People’s Choice Queens are Teesa Pickett and Miki Dae Sims along with Fairest of the Fair Queen Bella Paul Hartwig.

They will present the donations to a representative from the local program.

Queen Bella Paul has chosen the “Best Buddies” program at Franklin County High School. She is the founder and current president of Franklin County’s chapter of Best Buddies, which focuses on inclusion for kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Henn said, “We are proud that we can give back to the community.”