Bella Paul Hartwig, a 16-year old student at Franklin County High School, will represent Franklin County in the Tennessee Fairest of Fair Pageant on Friday at the Tennessee Association of Fair’s yearly convention.
Hartwig is the daughter of Tiffany and Shane Hartwig of Decherd.
Cindy Henn, director of the Franklin County Fairest of the Fair Pageant, said, “Bella will compete with contestants from 54 other counties in Tennessee for this most prestigious title.”
Bella won the local title last October during the Franklin County Fair festivities.
“The fair board is most pleased to have Bella as our county’s queen,” Henn said.
Hartwig’s resume lists her as the founder and president of Best Buddies, a program at FCHS that fosters inclusion for students with developmental disabilities.
She is also a weekly volunteer at Horseplay, which provides horseback riding for children with disabilities.
Hartwig was the 2019 Heart of Service Award recipient for her commitment through Horseplay and her community involvement with Best Buddies. She is a 28-time champion horseback rider and is a member of the Franklin County Junior Fair Board.
Henn said: “Bella has many, many hours of volunteering and service work in our county, and she is such a fantastic young lady. Once crowned as the Franklin County Fairest of Fair queen for 2019, she jumped right in to her duties working at the fair and promoting it throughout the county.”
Each year, the Franklin County Fair sends a representative to vie for the state title.
Henn said, “Previous queens have represented our county so well, and we know that Bella will do the same.”
Hartwig has spent the last few months preparing for the upcoming competition.
“With her beauty, grace and intelligence, accompanied with the knowledge of our county and its fair, I have reason to believe that she will excel in this endeavor,” Henn said. “She will truly win over the judges with her loving story, sweet smile and her overall beauty.”
The Tennessee Fairest of the Fair Pageant is just one highlighted event of the 97th annual Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention.
Visit the fair’s Facebook page beginning Thursday through Saturday to see highlights of the Franklin County Fair’s participation as well as updates and photos from the Fairest of the Fair competition.