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|2012 Knox County Fair Queens Crowned
|Three new queens have been crowned in Knox County to officially kick off this week's fair.
A near capacity crowd at the Orpheum Theatre roared with applause Sunday night to the tune of each winner being announced. 19-year-old Kylie Wilson was named Miss Knox County Fair.
The 2010 Knoxville High School graduate tells WGIL she didn't know how to react when her name was called.
"Honestly I have no clue, I'm shaking so bad," Wilson said. "I didn't think they were going to call my number, and when they did I was in absolute shock. It was an amazing feeling."
Wilson takes the crown from 2011 Miss Knox County Fair Queen Kylie Cullett-- who's among a long list of thank you's.
"All these girls have been been supportive. Kylie, as the previous queen, and during the week the directors (and) my parents have (been) super supportive of me. And it's been a hard week, practicing in five-inch stilettos all week-- and just being on time and there for everything."
The 2012 Junior Miss honor was claimed by 13-year-old Kaylynn Smith, of Galesburg-- who was anxious to celebrate with her family after.
The Churchill Junior High eighth grader says she can't thank her mom and dad enough, along with Pageant Directors Margo Sholl and Marlo Abernathy. And for her fellow Junior Miss contestants, Smith says, "they deserve everything in the world." She commends 2011 Junior Miss Karyssa Pedersen for her guidance as well.
Smith tells WGIL being crowned fair queen is unbelievable.
"I kept like touching the crown, thinking 'is this even real?' I was back stage wondering, 'is this really happening to me?' It's a great honor."
Brooklyn McCune was crowned Little Miss. She showed an exemplary attitude after winning her division.
"I felt like I was going to win or lose, and if I (was to) lose, I would not cry or anything," she said.
Makaiha Moore's reign as 2011 Little Miss Knox County Fair came to an end with McCune's crowning.
Wilson, Smith, and McCune all say they're willing to represent Knox County the best they can in the next year. And for Wilson, the state fair queen competition is already on her radar.
"I just plan to go out there and get Knox County out there and hopefully do well at state so that they know Knox County is important."
In an unexpected twist for next year, pageant officials announced there will be a Mr. Knox County competition for 16 to 21-year-olds.
Activities at the Knox County Fairgrounds begin Tuesday.
(2012 Miss Knox County Fair Kylie Wilson stands on the left next to Junior Miss Kaylynn Smith. Little Miss Brooklyn McCune smiles in front of them).
(Brooklyn McCune and other Little Miss division honorees pose together at the Orpheum Theatre).
(Miss contestants atop the stage Sunday night in business attire for the speech competition).
(A Little Miss introduction; 2011 Little Miss Knox County Fair Queen Makaiha Moore looks on).
(19 of the 51 total contestants competed for the 2012 Junior Miss crown).
(Evening gown portion of the show for Miss contestants).
(WGIL Photos and News Story by Kyle Schassburger).
|07 30 12 by Newsroom
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