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Montgomery County woman named Miss State Fair

DOSWELL — Harlie Dale of Montgomery County is the 2016 Miss State Fair of Virginia.

Dale, 23, is pursuing a master’s degree in human services counseling at Liberty University and holds a bachelor’s degree in human development from Virginia Tech. She is employed as an in-school suspension counselor at Blacksburg Middle School. She was crowned Sunday at the State Fair, and will compete in the Miss Virginia pageant next June.


Her personal platform is “Autism Awareness: Seeing the Spectrum.” Her talent is baton twirling, and she was 2013 College Miss Majorette of America and the featured twirler for the Marching Virginians: Twirling Ambassador to Peru in 2008 and St. Thomas in 2015. She said she chose her platform after meeting a baton twirler named Richie who has autism.


“Richie wanted me to do a duet with him, and it really opened up my heart and eyes and made me want to give back to people like Richie. I believe one of the best choices we can make in life is to treat others how we want to be treated. And I hope to educate youth to better understand and accept their peers who are on the autism spectrum.”


Dale succeeds the 2015 Miss State Fair of Virginia, Taylor Reynolds of Chesterfield County.


Morgan Rhudy of Chesterfield County was named Miss State Fair of Virginia’s Outstanding Teen. Raygen Wright of Franklin County was named Miss State Fair of Virginia’s Princess. The pageant awarded more than $1,500 in scholarship funds.


The titleholders’ first public appearance was Sunday’s State Fair of Virginia parade.


This year’s State Fair of Virginia runs through Sunday. Tickets and fair information are available at StateFairVa.org. Tickets are also available at Walgreens locations throughout Virginia.

The 2015 fair features nearly 400 hours of performances, houses about 2,500 animals, attracts more than 10,000 competition entries, welcomes field trip groups from 270 schools and serves about 13,000 corn dogs. More than 1,000 youth will compete for up to $70,000 in scholarship money.

Sept. 28, 2014 

Chesterfield County woman named Miss State Fair

Taylor Reynolds of Chesterfield County is the 2015 Miss State Fair of Virginia.

Reynolds, 19, is a graduate of Thomas Dale High School in Chester and is pursuing a degree in biology at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., where she is a sophomore. She was crowned Sept. 28 at the State Fair and will compete in the Miss Virginia pageant next spring. She previously has held the titles of Miss Bedford and Miss Commonwealth.

Reynolds succeeds the 2014 Miss State Fair of Virginia, Courtney Garrett of Prince Edward County. Garrett went on to win the title of 2014 Miss Virginia and was first runner-up in the 2015 Miss America pageant.

Reynolds is a recipient of an athletic scholarship to Queens University as a member of the school’s track and field team. She has broken the university’s high and long jump records.

Reynolds’ personal platform is “Start a Chain Reaction,” and she is part of Rachel’s Challenge. That program is named for Rachel Joy Scott, who died in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. It is a series of student empowering and mentoring programs that help youth at all grade levels combat bullying and feelings of isolation and despair.

“My hope as Miss State Fair of Virginia would be to create a chain that will stretch throughout the commonwealth and, most importantly, link us all to a common goal of being kind to one another,” Reynolds said.

Elizabeth Alexandra Sanchez-Krantz of Alexandria was named Miss State Fair of Virginia’s Outstanding Teen. Zomara Alyssa Lee of Hampton was named Miss State Fair of Virginia’s Teens in Training. Lydia Whitlow of Hanover County was named Miss State Fair of Virginia’s Princess. The pageant awarded more than $1,000 in scholarship funds.

“We are very proud of all the contestants and very happy to host an event that brings so many talented young women to the State Fair,” said Greg Hicks, the fair’s vice president of communications.

The titleholders’ first public appearance was the Sept. 28 State Fair of Virginia Parade.

It was during the parade that the Lancaster High School Red Devil Band of Lancaster County captured the State Fair of Virginia Marching Band Championship Cup, edging out the bands from King William and Charles City high schools.

“The Red Devils exhibited lots of enthusiasm, and we think all of the bands gave solid performances for the State Fair Championship Cup,” Hicks said. “We are excited that the band competition is becoming an annual tradition at the fair.”

This year’s State Fair of Virginia opened Sept. 26 and will run through Oct. 5. Information is available at StateFairVa.org.

The State Fair is held each fall at its permanent home at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. The fair’s mission is to increase agricultural and natural resource awareness and interest through educational programs, exhibitions and competitions in a fun, family-friendly setting.

Sept. 14, 2014 

Former Miss State Fair of Virginia, and Miss Virginia, Courtney Garrett, places first runner-up to Miss America! 

June 28, 2014 

Miss State Fair of Virginia, Courtney Garrett, named Miss Virginia and will compete for Miss America in September! 

Sept. 28, 2013: 

Prince Edward woman named Miss State Fair

Courtney Garrett of Prince Edward County is the new Miss State Fair of Virginia, a role some might say she’s been preparing for most of her life.

“In 1998 I was 5 or 6 years old, and I was crowned Little Miss State Fair of Virginia,” Garrett said. “I had a big purple sash. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I got to go around the fair and had a lot of fun with it.”

Garrett, 21, is pursuing degrees in music and communications at Liberty University, where she is a senior. She was crowned Sept. 28 at the State Fair and will compete in the Miss Virginia pageant next spring. She previously has held the titles of Miss Arlington and Miss Lynchburg.

“I grew up on a farm, so one of the most important things I was taught was that family is a priority, and I think the State Fair represents that,” Garrett said. “The fair is all about the community of Virginia residents coming together, having quality time together and having fun. That’s something I’m very proud to represent.”

Garrett’s personal platform “Defying Disabilities.” Her brother has cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy. She has been a volunteer in Area 12 Special Olympics of Virginia, both as a personal assistant for her brother and as a coach for his team. “Long before I got into pageants, I was convinced I would be advocating for the rights and respect of people with disabilities,” she said.

Hanna Rose Hunt of Fairfax County was named Miss State Fair of Virginia's Outstanding Teen. Audrey Kate Taylor of Hanover County was named Miss State Fair of Virginia's Outstanding Preteen. Emily Fleming, also of Hanover, was named Miss State Fair of Virginia's Princess. The pageant awarded more than $1,000 in scholarship funds.

The titleholders’ first public appearance was the Sept. 28 State Fair of Virginia Parade. Both the pageant and the parade are former fair traditions that have been revived this year by Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

This year’s State Fair of Virginia opened Sept. 27 and will run through Oct. 6. Information is available at StateFairVa.org.

The State Fair is held each fall at its permanent home at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. The fair’s mission is to increase agricultural and natural resource awareness and interest through educational programs, exhibitions and competitions in a fun, family-friendly setting.

Sept. 5, 2013: 

Our pageant is now closed and we will NOT accept further contestants at this time. Numbers are good and we look forward to a wonderful pageant on Sept. 28 at Meadow Hall during the State Fair of Virginia. 


Aug. 22, 2013: 

Paperwork must be turned in by Aug. 30 to the executive director. Please be sure to meet this deadline. 


July 12, 2013: 

We have a new email. [email protected] 


June 10, 2013: 

Basic gate ticket pricing has been announced. (This does not include rides.)

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays: Adults ($15), Kids 5-12 ($10), Seniors ($10), Kids 4 and younger (free)
Mondays through Thursdays: Adults ($12), Kids 5-12 ($8), Seniors ($8), Kids 4 and younger (free)
Season Pass: at the gate ($30); in advance – through 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 25th ($25)

May 22, 2013: 

Happy to report that Roeber Productions will be our official videographer for the Miss State Fair of Virginia pageant. 


May 7, 2013: 

Be sure to check out the latest news on the State Fair of Virginia by going to the website: 

http://www.statefairva.org/ 


April 30, 2013: 

Miss Virginia countdown is on! Public tickets go on sale Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10 AM.

Ways to purchase tickets:

• In person at the Roanoke Civic Center Box Office
• Phone: 877.482.8496
• Web: www.HometownBankTix.com

Additional fees and charges apply to phone and Internet orders.

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE TEEN AND PRETEEN PRELIM TICKETS!

Included in public ticket sales:
Thursday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. - $35
Friday, June 28, 7:30 p.m. - $35
Saturday, June 29, 9 p.m. - $45

Outstanding Teen and Pre-Teen Finals
Saturday, June 29 , 3:30 PM - $25.00
 


April 17, 2013

Special thank you to Marla Baker for helping us to create our new logo for the pageant. 


April 16, 2013: 

We are excited to announce that the Miss State Fair of Virginia and the Miss State Fair of Virginia Outstanding Teen and Preteen pageants will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at the Meadow Hall mansion at the fairgrounds. For additional information contact Sherri McKinney at 804-441-5051.