|A Galesburg girl has participated a number of times over the years in the Knox County Fair pageants, but she still says it's a shock that she finally won.
12-year old Amanda Mines of Galesburg was named Junior Miss Knox County Fair at the annual pageant held Sunday night at the Orpheum Theatre. She was quite emotional as she was crowned by the 2008 and 2009 winners of the same pageant.
Mines says she competed three-times in the Little Miss pageant, and it was her second time on the Junior Miss pageant, and tells WGIL she didn't get discouraged after not winning before.
"My friends from the pageant, they just said 'We believe in you, and even if you don't get anything, you're still a queen in my heart,'" Mines said. "That made me really happy, and say 'I can do this.'"
17-year old Amelia Rogers of Knoxville is the new Miss Knox County Fair. Rogers beat out seven other competitors to get the title.
But if you got the feeling no one might have been more shocked than Rogers herself, you'd be right. That's because Rogers tells WGIL the on-stage interview question she was posed didn't go the way she thought it might.
"I thought I messed it up," Rogers said. "I couldn't think of the right wording or anything. Whatever popped into my mind, I said."
The on-stage question had to do with whether the contestants thought young people were more concerned about social issues, or status issues.
But Rogers tried out for the pageant last year, and tells WGIL she otherwise thought she did better this year than last.
"I went over the questions that they asked me last year," Rogers said, "and not to say 'um' a whole lot, eye contact, all that stuff."
Rogers replaces Lacie Courson, and will be joined by seven-year-old Natalie Nelson of Galesburg as Little Miss Knox County Fair.
WINNERS FROM THE 2010 MISS KNOX COUNTY FAIR PAGEANT
(Name - Age - Hometown)
Little Miss Knox County Fair
Terry Goudy Memorial Award: Kylee Gibbs - 7 - Gilson
Miss Photogenic: Makaiha Moore - 5 - Knoxville
Miss Congeniality: Natalie Nelson - 7 - Galesburg
4th Runner-Up: Erica Copeland - 7 - Knoxville
3rd Runner-Up: Grace Nelson - 6 - Galesburg
2nd Runner-Up: Mallory Idle - 5 - Galesburg
1st Runner-Up: Kylee Gibbs
LITTLE MISS KNOX COUNTY FAIR: Natalie Nelson
Junior Miss Knox County Fair
Terry Goudy Memorial Award: Harley Bagwell - 11 - Galesburg
Miss Photogenic: Haleigh Johnson - 11 - Knoxville
Miss Congeniality: Haleigh Johnson
4th Runner-Up: Auryana Bradley - 13 - Knoxville
3rd Runner-Up: Kayla Butler - 13 - Galesburg
2nd Runner-Up: Madelynn Main - 11 - Altona
1st Runner-Up: Aimee Harris - 12 - Galesburg
JUNIOR MISS KNOX COUNTY FAIR: Amanda Mines - 12 - Galesburg
MISS KNOX COUNTY FAIR
Terry Goudy Memorial Award: Michelle Hutchison - 19 - Galesburg
Miss Photogenic: Ashley Rupert - 17 - Knoxville
Miss Congeniality: Miranda Malone - 18 - Victoria
3rd Runner-Up: Jenna Fisher - 18 - Knoxville
2nd Runner-Up: Alisa Ewing - 18 - Knoxville
1st Runner-Up: Miranda Malone
MISS KNOX COUNTY FAIR: Amelia Rogers - 17 - Knoxville
To listen to an interview with the winners aired live on FM 95 Monday morning, CLICK HERE (mp3 format).
(The outgoing Knox County Fair Queens, Lacie Courson, Lyric Harris, and Madelynn Pieper, lead off the 2010 pageant Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre.)
(Masters of Ceremonies, Shannon Jansen and Chris Postin. Postin was dressed as either Jake or Elwood Blues, marking the night's theme, "The Blues Brothers.")
(Little Miss Knox County Fair contentants dance to the Ray Charles song "Shake Your Tailfeather, as featured in the "Blues Brothers" movie.)
(Junior Miss contestants dance to "Think" by Aretha Franklin.)
(Miss Knox County Fair contestants dance to "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" by The Blues Brothers.)
(The Miss Knox County Fair contestants, left to right, pose for photos: Ashley Graves, Amelia Rogers, Nicole Williamson, Miranda Malone, Jenna Fisher, Michelle Hutchison, Alisa Ewing, and Ashley Rupert.)
(Outgoing Little Miss Knox County Fair, Madelynn Pieper, takes her final walk.)
(Outgoing Junior Miss Knox County Fair, Lyric Harris, takes her final walk.)
(Outgoing Miss Knox County Fair, Lacie Courson, takes her final walk.)
(Natalie Nelson is crowned Little Miss Knox County Fair.)
(An emotional Amanda Mines takes her first walk as Junior Miss Knox County Fair.)
(Amelia Rogers is crowned Miss Knox County Fair.)
(Rogers takes her first walk as Queen.)
(2009 and 2010 Miss Knox County Fair winners pose for photos.)
(The 2010 Miss Knox County Fair winners are interviewed Monday morning by WGIL's Terry Cavanaugh during the "WGIL Morning News." WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)