One of the annual highlights of the Jasper County Youth Fair, the Youth Pageants, took center stage on Tuesday, with 20 girls, and one boy, vying for the titles of Country Little Miss and Mister, Country Princess and Jasper County Youth Fair Queen for 2013.

One of the annual highlights of the Jasper County Youth Fair, the Youth Pageants, took center stage on Tuesday, with 20 girls, and one boy, vying for the titles of Country Little Miss and Mister, Country Princess and Jasper County Youth Fair Queen for 2013.


The pageant started with Country Little Miss and Mister, six girls and one boy participated between the ages of, five through eight, they told the crowd what they were showing at the fair this year, what 4-H they were a member of, and what being in 4-H means to them.


Caitlyn Garrett, 7, of Carl Junction, was coronated as “Country Little Miss.”


Garrett described winning as something that felt good inside. “I just feel really good, and I am really surprised,” she said.”


The “Country Little Mister” Ian Block, 6, of Carthage shared in Garrett’s feelings. “This is good, just really good,” he said. “I like it.”


Princess contestants between the ages of, nine through 13, were up next, talking about how long they have been in 4-H, the club they represent, and how long they have been in 4-H.
Kaylee Talken of Oronogo was coronated Princess.


“I am so surprised,” Talken said. “I prayed 100 times asking God to let me win one time, my mom went and bought me this new outfit and I won!”


Queen contestants between the ages of, 14 and 21 started their speeches off with an overview of what being queen would mean to them.


All four queen contestants participated in a talent section of the pageant, two sang classic country classics, Patsy Cline’s Crazy, and Connie Francis’ Where The Boys Are, one wrote a speech about what talent is, and one did a twirling routine.


Jessica Chrisman, 19, Sarcoxie, won all three possible categories for queen, Miss Congeniality, overall talent award, and was coronated queen.


Chrisman describes the moment as proud. “I feel so awesome,” she said. “I have such a great feeling right now.”
Chrisman’s duties as queen are to oversee the entire week of festivities and hand out ribbons to winners at the end of the week, also the queen takes responsibility for greeting visitors and setting a good example for the fair participants.
The national anthem was sung by Sarcoxie FFA member, Rebecca Robinson. Robinson went on to give a speech that she won first place in a previous event, “The Fair Speech Contest” she spoke about the importance of agriculture in the modern world.


The pageant was coordinated by, Kelli Nolting, Lori Meyer, Ela Winder, and Melody Cundiff.
To see all the scheduled events at the fair, visit their website at  jaspercountyyouthfair.weebly.com

All Contestants:


Country Little Miss -
Caitlyn Joy Garrett
Parents: Mike & Leigh Ann Garrett  
Audrey Osterdyk
Parents: Troy & Misty Osterdyk
Lannah Grigg
Parents: Mike & Shannah Grigg
Miranda Neher
Parents: Andy & Danielle Neher
Kassidy Howard
Parents: Tom & Stephanie Howard
Tannah Grigg
Parents: Mike & Shannah Grigg

Country Little Mister -
Ian Block
Parents: Marty & Julie Block

Queen Contestants
Jessica Chrisman
Parents: Rob & Kallie Chrisman  
Alyssa Rockers
Parents: David & Dixie Rockers
Hanah Schrader
Parents: Chris & Shannon Thorn
Kim & Robby Schrader
Sarah Cooper
Parents: Jim & Connie Cooper

Princess Contestants:
Kaylee Talken
Parents: Ryan & Emily Talken
Grace Beck
Parents: Travis & Jamie Beck
Morgan Collard
Parents: Doug & Joy Collard
Hannah Rockers
Parents: David & Dixie Rockers
Lydia Rockers
Parents: David & Dixie Rockers
Emily Meyer
Parents: Eugene & Lori Meyer
Harmouni Cundiff
Parents: Melody Cundiff
Halle Roper
Parents: Randy & Charlene Roper