DUNCAN — Editor's note: Due to amount of contestants, their photos are available in a photo slideshow here.
The number of contestants in the 10th annual Stephens County Free Fair Pageant is a far cry from the number they started out with.
In its first year, there were only three contestants and only a Miss category. For the pageant’s 10-year anniversary set for 1 p.m. Aug. 4, at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center, there are 36 contestants in five different age groups.
These groups include Petite Miss, Pre-K to 1st grade; Little Miss, 2nd and 3rd grades; Mini Miss, 4th and 5th grades; Junior Miss, 6th to 8th grades; and Miss, 9th to 12th grades.
Pageant competitions will include interviews from the judges, casual wear, party wear and there is an optional talent competition. Tickets are $2 at the door. Overall, the Miss winner will be the Miss Stephens County Free Fair Queen, though all queen winners from all divisions will serve as ambassadors during the Stephens County Free Fair which will be Aug. 22-25.
This year, the area youth who are participating for a chance to be an ambassador are:
Harley Angeles, daughter of Julie Smith of Comanche
Allison Christian, daughter of Jon Christian and Tina Zinno of Duncan
Kaylee Deforest, daughter of Chris and Brandy Deforest of Central High
Briann Dougherty , daughter of John and Michele Dougherty of Central High
Megan Heinrich, daughter of Tom and Kelly Heinrich of Bray
Sarah McGarr daughter of Lee and Kim McGarr of Comanche
Kaila Williams, daughter of Kenny and Deanna Williams of Empire
Kristin Whisenhunt, daughter of Terry and Stayce Whisenhunt of Central High.
Aubrey Bowden, daughter of Bo and Jeannie Bowden of Marlow
Caylee Hall, daughter of Maverick and Lisa Hall of Duncan
Gracie Harris, daughter of Jim and Courtney Shepard and Jud and Dawn Harris of Central High
Emily Matlock, daughter of Mike and Trisha Matlock of Comanche
Montana McGill, daughter of Ed and Traci McGill of Empire
Kandy Solis, daughter of Miriam and Jose Solis of Comanche (No Picture)
Kylie Wilcher, daughter of Tina and Cory Miller of Marlow.
Makenna Fishgrab, daughter of Wayne and Marnee Fishgrab of Central High
Penelope Hughes, daughter of Carl and Agnes Hughes
Ashlyn Jobe, daughter of Sommer Jobe of Loco
Britney Matlock, daughter of Mike and Trisha Matlock of Comanche
Payton Ortega, daughter of Ty and Ali Ortega of Marlow
Carsyn Spugin, daughter of Craig and Cheri Spurgin of Bray
Brooklynn Walden daughter of Ryan and Ashley Walden of Comanche; and,
Jordan Ince, daughter of Debbie Ince of Duncan.
Miranda Dougherty, daughter of John and Michelle Dougherty of Central High
Brea Edens, daughter of Marc and Paula Edens of Central High
Nicole Hendrick, daughter of Nick Hendick and Larry and Connie Hendrick
Annabelle Johnson, daughter of Brian and Ganna Johnson of Bray
Jylian Scholl, daughter of Lonnie and Stacy Scholl of Central High
Olivia Cantwell, daughter of Jonathan and Stacy Cantwell of Marlow.
Makenzie Andrews, daughter of Whitni Andrews of Marlow
Victoria Apple, daughter of Kandice Apple of Duncan
Karsen Ketner, daughter of Dusty and Jennifer Ketner of Central High
Emaleigh Parks, daughter of Justin and DeDe Parks of Empire
Raylen Parks, daughter of Justin DeDe Parks of Empire
Kassidee Thompson, daughter of Brenda Thompson of Velma
Madyson Worthley, daughter of Tommy and Heather Worthley of Marlow.
Past Queen winners
This year, there will be several of the past queens who will be introduced that day.
Former queens include:
Miss Stephens County Free Fair Queen Haley Travis
Junior Miss Natalee Karcher
Mini Miss Ensley Kohout
Little Miss Kasi Kelly
Petite Miss Kylie Roden
Miss Shelby Rice
Junior Miss Megan Heinrich
Mini Miss Aubrey Bowden
Little Miss Gabriella Oster
Petite Miss Brighton O’Conner
Miss Dylan Ferrell
Junior Miss Kaila Williams
Mini Miss Natalee Karcher
Little Miss Emma Herring
Petite Miss Carson Baker
Miss Abby Hankins
Junior Miss Kristin Whisenhunt
Mini Miss Brianna Walker
Little Miss Lillian Smith
Petite Miss Kaelen Estep
Miss Mackenzie Payton
Junior Miss Kenzy Kinnaird
Mini Miss Hannah Looney
Little Miss Morgan Williams
Miss Caili Knecht
Little Miss Jasmine Muchow
Miss Lindsay Canoy
Junior Miss Sasha Hamilton
Little Miss Braylee Henry
Sweetheart Adriana Carter
Miss Casey Smith
Little Miss Brianna Walker
Miss Amber Skinner