McGhee’s coronation concluded the first day of the fair. She was the choice of the three-judge panel from among a field of 10 candidates who participated in the pageant.
McGhee, a 2011 senior at Gallia Academy High School, is the daughter of Steve and Karen McGhee of Gallipolis.
“It’s overwhelming,” McGhee said just moments after being crowned, amid a sea of flashbulbs as friends, family and other well-wishers crowded onto the fairgrounds stage. “I can’t wait to represent Gallia County at the Ohio State Fair next week.”
McGhee’s court features first runner-up Lindsay Brown, second runner-up Haley Rosier, third runner-up Kyla Thaxton and fourth runner-up Tara Baker. The participants also voted Aubrey Ward in as Miss Congeniality.
Ward is the daughter of Billy and Tracie Ward. She is a senior at Gallia Academy High School.
Baker is the daughter of John and Teresa Baker and is a senior at South Gallia High School.
Thaxton is the daughter of Harold and Deanna Thaxton. She is a senior at River Valley High School.
Rosier is the daughter of David and Janice Rosier. She is a senior at Gallia Academy High School.
Brown is the daughter of Jamie and Amy Graham. She is a 2011 graduate of Gallia Academy High School.
As Miss Gallia County, McGhee received a $1,000 scholarship from attorneys Bill Eachus and Jeff Finley. Miss Gallia County’s crown was sponsored by The Wiseman Agency. Her sash was provided by Dorothy Toler and monogrammed by Pam Saunders of Monogram Cottage. She also received a savings bond and trophy sponsored by the Gallia County Fair Board.
Ward’s Miss Congeniality sash and trophy were donated by the Gallipolis Kiwanis Club.
Miller also received a set of monogrammed Vera Bradley luggage donated by the Purple Turtle.
As first runner-up, Brown was awarded a savings bond and trophy by the fair board.
Abby Hammond was the winner of the Community Service Award, which is presented by the Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club. She received a $250 prize plus a $250 donation from the Junior Women’s Club to support a charity of her choosing. Hammond’s cause is to support missionary trips to Haiti and other countries. Hammond is the daughter of Ron and Lori Hammond. She is a senior at River Valley High School.