The Green River Catfish Festival pageants were held back in the Eva Hawes Community Building. The stage area was decorated with beautiful ferns, a table full of trophies, and the backdrop was a 4th of July theme. Announcing for the pageant was Becky Hankins and she had help from Diane Dyer and Tiffany Keown.
On July 5 was for Miss Catfish Festival was ages 0-7. There were 73 contestants who brought to the stage; smiles, personality, laughter, attitude, tears, all filled with such cuteness. The next ages up these ladies presented themselves with grace and personality and much more in such a beautiful array of gowns. Pre-Teen Catfish, ages 8-12 had 16 contestants, Teen Catfish, ages 13-15 had 11 contestants, then for Miss Catfish, ages 16-21 there were four contestants.
On July 6 was the Miss Butler County Fair. On this night the young ladies had three changes of wardrobe, casual wear, swimsuit, and formal wear. Teen and Pre-Teen was just formal wear. The Pre-Teen, Teen, and Miss had to introduce themselves on stage. The top 10 had to draw questions on stage and answer them.
The rain came in about midway of Friday night’s pageant. There was a tent outside where the contestants would enter the stage but part of the way was uncovered. But that didn’t stop the pageant. Mothers and grandmothers went into action getting umbrellas and walking the young ladies to the stage. The rain didn’t last long the support in the audience was outstanding.
2018 Miss Butler County Fair Jamee French said “ I am so blessed to have the opportunity to represent Butler County this year. This was my first time I have competed in the Butler County Fair Pageant and would absolutely recommend this organization to girls of all ages. The Contestants were so beautiful, inside and out, and I am so lucky I had the chance to meet all of them! I couldn’t believe it when I heard my name called as the 2018 Miss Butler County Fair, but I am so grateful for the opportunity and the chance to represent such a great county at the state pageant.”
2018 Miss Teen Butler County Fair Ella Robinson said: “Winning Miss Teen Butler County was an amazing experience and I am so excited about having the opportunity to represent this great county at the state pageant in October.”
The Pageant committee is made up of three ladies that put a lot into making this night a success; Diane Dyer, Tiffany Keown, and Becky Hankins. But a lot of this wouldn’t be possible without the help of sponsors; Tiffany’s Tanning, Beechtreenews, Bratcher & Co Florals and Gifts, Smith Funeral Home and Monuments, and Chad’s Body Shop and Wrecker Service LLC.