(SWITZ CITY) - Nine girls will compete for the title of 2012 Miss Greene County on Saturday night at the fairgrounds near Switz City.
Nick Schneider, of the Greene County Daily World reports, the Miss Greene County Pageant, a prelude to the Greene County 4-H Fair, which formally kicks off July 14, will take the stage at 7 p.m. in the community room at the Cooperative Extension building.
Miss Greene County will receive a $500 scholarship along with a host of other donated prizes and will have the opportunity to compete at the Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant next month in Indianapolis.
Open to Greene County girls ages 16-21, participants do not have to be a 4-H member to participate.
This year's entrants include:
* Abby Kindred, the 16-year-old daughter of Brad and Amy Kindred of rural Bloomfield. She is junior at Bloomfield Junior-Senior High School.
* Sarah Poe, the 18-year-old daughter of Mary Poe, of Linton. In the fall, she will attend Vincennes University majoring in agriculture.
* Chelsea J. Hineman, the 19-year-old daughter of Jon Hineman and Michelle Tabelman. She will attend Purdue University in the fall, majoring in pre-veterinary medicine.
* Jesse McDonald, the 16-year-old daughter of Russ and Michaele McDonald, of rural Lyons. She is a junior at White River Valley Junior-Senior High School.
* Bethany Brooke Arthur, the 18-year-old daughter of Bill and Pam Arthur, of rural Bloomfield. She will be attending Purdue University in the fall, majoring in Agriculture communications.
* Katrina Leighann Davis, the 20-year-old daughter of David and Terry Davis, of rural Linton. She is attending Ivy Tech Community College, majoring in early childhood education.
* Carrie Mitchell, the 18-year-old daughter of Steve and Becky Mitchell, of rural Bloomfield. She will be attending Ivy Tech Community College in the fall, majoring in nursing.
* Kylee Nicole Grissom, the 19-year-old daughter of Darrin and Karen Grissom, of rural Jasonville. In the fall, she will attend Ivy Tech Community College, majoring in Health Care support.
* Courtney Johnson, the 16-year-old daughter of Troy and Carol Johnson, of Linton. She is a junior at Linton-Stockton High School.
Contestants will be judged in three divisions: Private interview, evening gown, and professional wear.
In the private interview, contestants will be judged on ability to converse, personality, and poise. In the evening gown portion, contestants will be judged on stage presence and overall impression. In the professional wear segment, the contestants will be judged on posture and poise as well as overall impression.
"The private interviews are the most important part of the queen contest. It helps the girls so much with job interviews, public speaking and poise," said contest co-director Lori Brown. "The runway stuff is mostly for tiebreakers."
This will be the final year that Brown, who served as Miss Greene County in 1977, and Vickie Aydt will oversee the pageant.
Next year, the leadership will be turned over to Georgette Dater, who has assisted with the Daviess County queen contest for several years.
Brown, who is the current president of 4-H Clubs of Greene County, has headed up the queen contest for the last eight years.
"It's been fun, but it's time for someone else to do this," Brown said. "I always have fun with all of the girls."
Admission to the pageant is $1.
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