named Miss Ripley County
Wanda English Burnett
As young ladies vying for the 2009 Miss Ripley County title held
their breath, Kathryn Sidell of Batesville, was named the winner
by Rob Vestal, co-emcee for the evening.
I was just shocked, Sidell told the Osgood Journal
following the pageant. I heard all the other girls
names called, but when it was time for the queen, I didnt
expect to get it.
Parents, Larry and Tammy Sidell were on stage immediately following
the pageant congratulating their daughter. You can call
me the Queen Mum, Tammy joked.
The pageant, branding a western theme, was held at the Damm Theatre
in Osgood, Sunday, July 12 with eleven contestants family
and friends watching closely.
Miss Congeniality title went to Julie Hoffrogge of Dillsboro for
her friendly, outgoing personality. Fourth Runner
Up went to Tanaha Simon of Osgood; Third Runner Up to DJ Hosmer
of Sunman; Second Runner up to Brittany Joseph of Holton; and
first runner up to Brittany Bauman of Sunman.
The Peoples Choice award went to Kristen Duerstock of Batesville.
Winners of the professional wear and evening wear went to DJ Hosmer
of Sunman and Vicki Woulms of Milan, respectively.
In the portion of the pageant where contestants are asked random
questions, Sidell drew the question, What advice would you
give to teen girls who are never satisfied with the way they look?
Sidell didnt hesitate when answering, The way you
really look is whats inside...thats what truly matters.
She mentioned having faith and how ones inner beauty comes
from within, not external.
Sidell has had a reign of royalty before being named the 2007
Jr. Leader 4-H Queen at the Ripley County 4-H Fair.
The evening began with the girls dancing on stage to country music,
clad in jeans and plaid shirts, complete with cowboy hats, complementing
the western theme for the night that would name royalty for Ripley
Countys 51st pageant.
2008 Miss Ripley County Jordan Clements co-emceed the pageant,
saying what a wonderful experience she had last year as the 50th
queen. Her advice for the newly named queen and court was to get
a lot of rest for fair week.
Penny Moore, committee member, read a long list of sponsors for
the event, thanking them for their support of the local pageant.
She also gave a special thanks for the use of the beautifully
renovated Damm Theatre, Hunter Photography and sound technician
for the evening, Spencer Huffmeyer.
Mary Beth Hackman and Becky Harmeyer were chairs for the pageant,
with the team of Monica Hansen, Sara Comer, Penny Moore, Amanda
Kunz, and Lease Nay, helping out. Junior committee members were
Megan Krall and Kaitlin Hughes.
Clements, the outgoing Miss Ripley County, said her most memorable
fair experience was kissing the pig! She wished the
new court lots of luck with the tradition.
Miss Ripley County and her court will preside over events throughout
the Ripley County 4-H Fair, which begins Sunday, July 19 at the
Fairgrounds Park in Osgood. They will be formally introduced after
the grand opening ceremony Sunday evening and the crowning of
the 4-H King and Queen.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
The newly crowned Miss Ripley County,
Kathryn Sidell, shares a moment with her father, Larry Sidell,
following the pageant held at the Damm Theatre in Osgood
Sunday evening, July 12. The queen and her court will preside
over activities at the upcoming 4-H fair set to begin Sunday,
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Miss Ripley County, Kathryn Sidell, pictured
right, prepares to take center stage with her court, pictured
from left: Miss Congeniality, Julie Hoffrogge of Dillsboro;
fourth runner up, Tanaha Simon of Osgood; third runner up
DJ Hosmer of Sunman; second runner up, Brittany Joseph of
Holton; and first runner up Brittany Bauman of Sunman.