GALLIPOLIS — The first-ever Gallia County Tourism Queen was chosen earlier this month from a pool of six contestants.
Rachael Northup, 21, of Gallipolis, was selected by the Gallia County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau as this year’s representative.
Northup, a graduate of Gallia Academy High School, will be entering her senior year at the University of Rio Grande in the fall where she is studying early childhood education.
The contest sought contestants who were between the ages of 17 and 24 and residents of Gallia County. There was an application process and each entrant had to complete an essay stating why she would make a good representative.
“If I were to receive this title, I would do my best to represent Gallia for all that it has to offer. I want to end the stigma that there is nothing to do here,” Northup wrote. “There are a lot of wonderful small businesses around here. We have all new businesses coming in as well as all of the older history of this town.”
Northup went on to conclude in her essay to say, “This would be a great experience for myself, and I would love to represent my hometown of Gallipolis.”
And now that she has been selected, Northup will spend the year working alongside Amanda Crouse, executive director of the Gallia CVB, promoting local events and attractions. At the conclusion of her reign, she will receive a scholarship. She also will compete for the title of World’s Miss Ohio Tourism Queen this fall.
At the crowning ceremony at The Colony Club, Crouse commented that she was enthusiastic about having a tourism queen.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Rachael throughout the year and look forward to a new tradition,” she said.
The contest coordinator is Delyssa Huffman, who also conducts a similar contest in Mason County, W.Va.