will be the next queen?
Wanda English Burnett - Editor
I gained new relationships with girls throughout
the county that I still talk to today. I gained new people skills,
and it became much easier for me to initiate conversations with
strangers. I gained self confidence. I saw myself in a new light,
and it is now much easier for me to believe in myself. Those
words came from Miss Ripley County 2006, Amanda Harmeyer.
The experience of simply competing in a county queen pageant is
one most contestants will tell you is one in a lifetime.
They enjoy the camaraderie of the other girls, make new friends,
get interview experience, and take away a sense of self-satisfaction.
Applications are now being taken for the 2007 pageant, according
to Penny Moore, Miss Ripley County Queen publicity chair, and former
Miss Ripley County. Moore noted that applications are due no later
than May 31. Additional information, including rules for the pageant
are posted on www.ripleycountyqueen.com.
Contestants are required to attend the Queens Tea on June
8, a preparation meeting for the Tea on June 14, and rehearsal on
July 6. Miss Ripley County will be crowned on Sunday, July 8 at
the Jac-Cen-Del High School.
Each contestant must be 16 years old and cannot have had their 21st
birthday as of August 17, the first day of the 2007 Indiana State
Fair Queen Pageant. They must be an Indiana resident, US Citizen,
and represent their home county. Each girl must be an active member
of at least one worthwhile organization in her community, which
could include church groups, Girl Scouts, 4-H, etc. No professional
model will be eligible. If a contestant has competed in a State
Fair Queen Pageant, they cannot compete again.
The list of rules also notes that contestants will be judged in
professional wear, evening gown, and on personal interviews, which
will be conducted July 7.
Contestants are required to participate in the pre-pageant activities
and the opening ceremonies along with activities throughout the
Ripley County 4-H Fair.
For additional information, Erin Menchhofer, Ripley County Queen
Pageant coordinator can be reached at 812-498-2150 or email her