GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County Junior Fair tradition that happens every year on opening day will happen again Monday night when a new local queen earns her sash and crown.
It’s the highlight of the opening day of the Gallia County Junior Fair and draws large crowds who want to see which young woman will represent Gallia County for the next 365 days at various events throughout the region and state.
Even though several activities will begin early in the day Monday, such as a various animal shows and judging of all sorts, things begin to get cranked up around 4:15 p.m. when River Valley High School’s band takes the Holzer Main Stage, followed by the Gallia Academy High School band at 5 p.m.
Official opening ceremonies begin at 6, also on the Holzer Main Stage. VFW Post 4464 will kick things off by posting the colors, while the GAHS band will play the National Anthem, followed by Ohio Valley Christian School’s Patrick O’Donnell giving the invocation. Fair board secretary Tim Massie will welcome dignitaries, and fair board president Paul Shoemaker will deliver the keynote address.
The pageantry begins with the Little Miss Gallia County Contest at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Little Mister Gallia County Contest at 7:30 p.m. Little Miss Gallia County 2015 Adison Mooney and Little Mister Gallia County 2015 Wesley Houck will turn over their respective titles Monday night to a new Little Miss and Little Mister.
At 9:30, the Gallia County Queens Pageant begins on the Holzer Main Stage as 10 young women will compete for the chance to represent Gallia County during the coming year.
This year’s list of contenders are Allie Clagg, Noelle Gibson, Catelynn Aker, Mikayla Poling, Caitlin Caldwell, Abigail Wood, Allyssa Stapleton, Kaylee Lambert, Peyton Browning and Jala Williams.
Daily admission to the fair, which takes place Aug. 1-6, is $10 and includes entertainment, shows and amusement rides.
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