The 2019 Miss Shelby County and Shelby County Junior Miss pageants on Friday displayed the grace and confidence of young ladies and culminated in the coronation of the royalty to reign for the upcoming year.
Adilyn McCray, age 16, of Gays was crowned the 2019 Miss Shelby County. Runner-ups were Trinity Shupe, 16, of Windsor and Lainee Turner of Strasburg. Shupe was also named the People's Choice Award Winner.
Kylie Smith, age 11, of Shelbyville was crowned the 2019 Shelby County Junior Miss. Alissa Shasteen, age 13, of Shelbyville was named 1st Runner Up and People's Choice Award Winner. Jonnie Wallace, age 13, of Tower Hill was named 2nd Runner-up.
McCray was crowned by the 2018 Miss Shelby County Olivia Telgmann, assisted by 2018 Shelby County Junior Miss, Chloe Haarman.
"The competition was very close and that's what the judges told me," said Pageant Director Sara Long. "The judges said that they were all so well-prepared and that made it more difficult. However, that makes me feel good as the director, because our goal is to help them to do their very best."
The crowd was large for the event with friends and family members and a multitude of queens from other pageants showing up for the event.
"We had a large crowd," Long said. "I was very pleased with the turnout, which shows the strong support system these girls have. We had 25 to 30 visiting queens at the pageant and they all had a chance to introduce themselves."
The evening began with the Junior Misses and Miss Shelby County contestants doing their group dance routines. The Jr. Miss contestants danced to "Lips are Moving" and the Misses danced to "Queens Don't." Both routines were choreographed by outgoing Miss Shelby County Olivia Telgmann.
Sixteen Little Misses had their time on stage in two groups. It was the largest group of Little Misses at the pageant.
The Jr. Misses modeled their "age-appropriate" casual outfits, in which they also had interviewed that afternoon. The Miss Shelby County contestants modeled their swimsuits and then returned in their interview outfits for an individual 1-minute speech on a topic of their choice. The Junior Misses finished wearing their Party Dresses and Miss Shelby County contestants their evening gowns.
"I think I know every year, who is going to win," Long said, " But this year it could have been anyone. They all competed to the best of their ability and so I was surprised like everyone else, when the winner was announced."
Miss Shelby County Adilyn McCray and Shelby County Junior Miss Kylie Smith have already been fulfilling their royal duties. They were at the Stewardson parade over the weekend. They will be on hand for other town festivals throughout the rest of the year and will be at the Shelby County 4-H Fair every day beginning, July 21.