The Hopkins County Dairy Festival culminated Saturday with the crowning of the 2019 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen during the annual pageant.
Rachel Bramlett, daughter of Mark and Brenda Pope, was named the new queen. After a few comical moments in which 2018 Dairy Festival Kaitlyn Ferrill had difficulty getting the crown to turn loose from its secure position in her hair, Ferrill placed it atop Bramlett’s head.
As the 2018 HCDF queen, Bramlett also received the queen’s scepter, was draped with a sash, will receive a $1,250 scholarship, and received flowers and a silver bowl. She also received the talent award, for which the winner also receives a $500 scholarship.
Selected as first runner-up was Maddie Nordin, daughter of Mellissa Foster and Jason Goldsmith. Nordin also was recognized for selling the most tickets to the pageant. She received flowers, a silver bowl and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Ashlyn Bimmerle, daughter of John and Katie Bimmerle, was not only the second-runner up. She also was named Miss Congeniality. She received flowers, a sliver bowl and a $750 scholarship as the second runner-up.
Third runner-up was Katey Brown, daughter of Chris and Lezley Brown. She received flowers, a silver bowl and will receive a $500 scholarship.
Annmarie Gunn, daughter of Jay and Dawn Looney and Brandon and Amanda Gunn, was recognized for being second for tickets sales.
In addition to the talent competition, the pageant included an evening gown segments and interview. Contestants too were required to construct a float to participate in the parade, milking contest, attending the opening ceremony and to sell tickets. Those who were able were encouraged to donate their time at all Dairy Festival events, including the hot air balloon rally and media flight.
The Hopkins County Dairy Festival will return June 12-20, 2020.