Saturday afternoon, 10 young ladies in the sixth through eighth grade made their way on stage for the Wharton County Youth Fair Jr. Miss pageant and after the final tabulation, Camille Burn was crowned Jr. Miss. She is the daughter of Taylor and Brooke Burns of Wharton and a seventh grader at Iago Jr. High.
“It was very exciting,” Burns said of being selected Jr. Miss. “I was proud of all the hard work I put in.”
She looks forward to representing Wharton County and getting to know her royalty family.
First runner-up was Myla Mahalitc of Elm Grove, daughter of Tommy and Holli Mahalitc and a seventh grader at East Bernard Jr. High. Second runner-up went to Sarah Spitzmiller of Wharton, daughter of Robert and Kelley Spitzmiller who is a seventh grader at St. Philip Catholic School.
Following personal interviews by the judges earlier in the day, each gave self-introductions and modeled on stage. Then, answering impromptu questions, points were tallied while also considering fair, 4-H and FFA involvement before the five finalists were announced. Each was then asked an additional question to make the final tabulation.
Other finalists were Hailey Peters of El Campo, daughter of Shawn and Angela Peters who was named Easiest To Get Along With, and Kamryn Till of Nada, daughter of Kevin and Tammy Till. Peters is an eighth grade student at El Campo Middle School and Till is in the seventh grade at St. Philip Catholic School.
Also, Zoey Johnson of Wharton was named Queen of Ticket Sales. She is a seventh grader at Wharton Jr. High. Johnson sold the most raffle books in the history of the fair, a total of 2,194 books, bringing in $10,970 in funds for the fair.
When asked what the most important thing was she learned at the fair, Burns answered: “being an exhibitor.” She enjoys the interaction with people and being a fair exhibitor “has been a great experience.”
For Mahalitc, the answer to the same question was “building of teamwork” and for Peters she said pride in working with her animals. “It is hard work,” she said. “If you don’t know what hard work is, then you won’t be successful at the Wharton County Youth Fair.”
Spitzmiller’s response was “the responsibility of preparing your projects or animals for the fair.” Till agreed. “Responsibility ... having to prepare for so many things, like a pig and cow project.”