A year after Courtney Jae Borders dazzled six judges to become the 2010 Miss Chesterfield County Fair, 18-year-old Jessica Fee, outshining seven other young ladies, ascended to the crown last Monday evening. The pageant served as Monday night’s Grandstand entertainment for the 100 or so people in attendance.
“It’s exciting,” Fee said after winning the crown. “I was very nervous, but I’m a very confident person. And I’ve done a lot for the community, so I knew that something good would come of it. I just wish that it would have lasted longer.”
Fee, a 2011 graduate of Thomas Dale, was one of three ladies awarded a scholarship during the spring by the county fair for her academic success and work in the community. Aside from the being named the 2011 Miss Chesterfield County Fair Monday, she also left the Chesterfield Fairgrounds that night with a $500 cash prize which, she said, would be used to purchase her college text books.
Two other ladies left the fair that evening with accolades and a bit of cash: first runner up Kristin Skowron, a 2011 graduate of Matoaca High School, was awarded $300, and second runner up was Payton Miltier, a rising senior at L.C. Bird High School, who left that night with $200.
“I think after a week of such weather adversity, this group of girls came through better than any troopers I’ve ever seen or known. They had 55 minutes of rehearsals right before the pageant began, and they were stars – all eight of them,” said Brenda White, the pageant’s director. “I couldn’t be more proud of them if I were their mother.”
The young ladies participated in numerous competitions that evening, with each undergoing three separate rounds of evaluation: the Personality/Attire competition; the Evening Gown competition; and the onstage interview session.