Arkansas State Fair Announces Winners of the 2020 Pageants Competitions
Arkansas State Fair Announces Winners of the
2020 Pageants Competitions
First-Ever Hybrid Virtual/In-Person Competitions Culminate on Oct. 24, 2020
LITTLE ROCK, AR (Oct. 27, 2020) – COVID-19 isn’t the only reason 2020 will be memorable for the Arkansas State Fair Queens. Winning a hybrid virtual and in-person competition to take the crown will now round out their year. The winners of this year’s competitions are:
- Miss Arkansas State Fair Gracie Harris of Star City in Lincoln County;
- Senior Ms. Arkansas State Fair – Sue Billot of Poughkeepsie in Sharp County;
- Ms. Arkansas State Fair Renee Stone of Conway in Faulkner County;
- Junior Miss Arkansas State Fair Addie Isbell of Mountain View in Stone County; and
- Miss Arkansas State Fair Rodeo Queen Makenzie Bartlett of Pottsville in Pope County.
The Arkansas State Fair Board announced earlier this year that the 2020 event was being cancelled out of an abundance of caution over public health issues related to the coronavirus. However, the Arkansas State Fair Board agreed to host the livestock, pageants and youth talent competitions.
The directors and staff of the Arkansas State Fair Pageants and Youth Talent Contest have tirelessly derived a plan for a 2020 Virtual Competition. Each contestant submitted videos modeling their pageant attire or performing their talent number, and pageant interviews were conducted via Zoom.
The Oct. 24 crowning was in-person and broadcast via Facebook Live. The seats in the audience were limited and spaced six feet apart, and competitors’ family members were limited in number to help maintain social distancing. Before entering the building, each person was screened for his or her temperature, was required to wear a mask and had to sanitize hands. Masks are required in all areas and strict cleanliness in barns and competition areas will be observed.
Both events were broadcast via Facebook Live.
Portions of the pageant/talent competition in each division were completed virtually, at an earlier date.
Pageant contestants appearing live on stage represent the top five among all county pageant winners.
Talent show winners have also won at the county level and will be vying for Grand Champion status and associated cash prize.
All told, $120,000 in scholarship and prize money were awarded to pageant and talent winners.