From contributed reports
Despite the awful weather, the Annual Miss Rappahannock Pageant 2011 was held last Saturday and the poise, appearance, and dress of more than 40 women and girls, and a boy, overcame it all before an audience of more than 250 family members and friends. All contestants could have won awards for determination to persevere regardless of the downpour outside of the Rappahannock County Elementary School, where the event was held.
Deanna Wayland, chair of the event, opened by introducing masters of ceremonies John Fox Sullivan and Cheri Woodward.
“The Barber of Sp’ville,” John Eubanks, donated a haircut for a door prize. The crowd applauded Eubanks for his 52 years of trimming hair in Sperryville.
The winning ticket for the haircut was drawn — and to the surprise and amusement of the crowd, Eubanks won his own haircut. (The nearly bald Eubanks insisted that someone who actually needs haircuts be given the prize.)
At the end of the evening, Megan Early, Miss Rappahannock 2010, agreed to continue her reign as Miss Rappahannock 2011 as there were no competitors for the title.
The event is the major fundraiser for the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Produced by the squad, several local businesses and friends contribute financial support. Proceeds go toward operation and maintenance, replacing and upgrading medical supplies and equipment, and toward replacing an ambulance.
2011 Miss Rappahannock
Baby Miss Rappahannock (age 0-11 months) – Eniyah Crisette Cropp
Wee Miss Rappahannock (age 1-3 years) – Kiersten Taylor Lillard; 1st Runner-up – Ava Elizabeth Jenkins; 2nd Runner-up – Taylor Leigh Ann Waddell
Tiny Miss Rappahannock (ages 4-6 years) – Camden Lou Shanks; 1st Runner-up – Hailey Louise Edith Kidwell; 2nd Runner-up — tie between Jenna Sours and VenissaLyn Autumn Frazier
Little Miss Rappahannock (ages 7-9 years) – Kayla Leigh Compton; 1st Runner-up – Mariah Sours; 2nd Runner-up – Heather Christina Williams
Little Mister Rappahannock (ages 2-7 years) – Christopher Shanks
Miss Rappahannock Friends (all ages) – Megan Early and Clarissa Rutherford; 1st Runner-up – Faith Dawn and Kaylee “Bug” Pullen; 2nd Runner-up — tie between Mikayla Johnson and Shadow Jenkins, and Karley Wharton and Michaela Craft
Ms. Rappahannock (age 20 and older, and single), Danielle Dawn Hiserman; 1st Runner-up – Misty Forrester
Miss Rappahannock Siblings (all ages) – Mariah & Jenna Sours; 1st Runner-up – Mackenzie and Cameron Mardeusz; 2nd Runner-up – Madison Fitzjohn, Michaela Craft and Misty Forrester
Miss Rappahannock Mother/Child (all ages) – Janie and Alexandra Phillips; 1st Runner-up – Heather and Taylor Waddell
Junior Teen Miss Rappahannock (ages 10-12 years) – Casey Lynn Woodward; 1st Runner-up – Sydnei Christina Eachus; 2nd Runner-up – Michaela Craft
Mrs. Rappahannock (ages 20 and older) – Sherri Baldwin; 1st Runner-up – Brandy Marie Mardeusz; 2nd Runner-up – Heather Waddell
Teen Miss Rappahannock (ages 13-15 years) – Courtney King
Miss Rappahannock (ages 16-19 years) – Megan Early