BUCKHANNON—On Saturday, March 12 the 80th annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival (WVSF) Junior Royalty Pageant was held at Way of Holiness Church in Buckhannon. The event continued the 1980s theme, just as the WVSF Queens Pageant had done the weekend prior at Buckhannon-Upshur High School. A colorful backdrop and silver streamers curtains lined the stage and served as a fun background while contestants showed off their strawberry spirit.
The pageant was emceed by recent 2022 WVSF Queen elect Kelsey Hill and WVSF Teen Queen elect Cadence Ringer. Hill engaged the audience with her fun-loving personality and Ringer often assisted the young contestants, coaching them on where to stand while on stage. Many participants and their supporters were in attendance.
All contestants took to the stage to display their strawberry themed casual wear. While some of them were bashful, others brought a lot of personality to the stage and had everyone in the building smiling and laughing. Following the casual wear, contestants donned their formal wear. The boys were all quite dapper looking while the girls were both radiant and elegant.
After the contestants had completed the pageant, the scores were tabulated. While everyone anxiously awaited results, current and previous WVSF royalty took to the stage to discuss different topics, such as their history in pageantry and the benefits, as well as what their favorite thing is about the West Virginia Strawberry Festival. During the pageant, Madison Burnside took her final walk as the 2021 Junior Royalty Queen. Burnside is also the 2022 Junior Teen Queen elect.
Once the results were in, WVSF Queen elects Hill and Ringer announced the winners. In the boys 4 to 5 age group, Jedidiah Vance took the titles for Most Photogenic, Strawberry Spirit and Junior Prince. In the girls 4 to 5 age group, Lacey Loudin won Most Photogenic and Gracen Leigh Durst took the title of Strawberry Spirit and Junior Princess. Seranitee Paige Howard was named Second Maid and Ava Woods was named First Maid. In the boys 6 to 7 age group, Trenton Charles Smith took the titles for Most Photogenic and Junior Prince. In the girls 6 to 7 aged group, Delilah Spencer won Most Photogenic and was named First Maid, Jayleeigh Lynn McCune was named Second Maid and Addalynne Stewart was named Junior Princess. In the boys 8 to 9 age group, Michael Wayne Jones took the titles of Most Photogenic and Junior Prince. In the girls 8 to 9 age group, Mia Beth Park won Most Photogenic and was named Junior Princess while Avery Fox was named Second Maid and Madyson Michelle Ertel was named First Maid. In the girls 10 to 11age group, Olivia Pool won Most Photogenic and was named First Maid. Madison Paige Cutright was named Second Maid while Rayleigh Westfall was named Junior Princess. In the girls 12 to 13 age group, Channing Gillum took the titles of Most Photogenic and Junior Queen while Audrey Elizabeth Marie Starcher was named Second Maid and Natalie Miller was named First Maid.
Coronation is scheduled on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. The location for the coronation will be announced at a later date. Continue to follow The Record Delta for all your 2022 WVSF information.