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Last Updated: Sep 21st, 2017 - 11:47:39


Tauton, Riles take top pageant titles at fair
By VAL GAUGHT
Sep 21, 2017, 11:39

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Ashley County has new royalty as 2016 Teen Miss Ashley County, Carson Grannon, and Miss Ashley County, Lexie Stalnaker, officially passed on their crowns.

The Ashley County Fair wrapped up last weekend with the crowning of the new queens. The pageant began Saturday with the baby royalty and lasted until late Saturday night.

The winner of Baby Miss was Heidi Meeks, daughter of Travis and Lindsey Meeks of Crossett. Toddler Miss was awarded to Timber Winstead daughter of Laken Nelms of Crossett. Zoe Lauhon, daughter of Zach and Taylor Lauhon of Hamburg was crowned Tiny Miss, and Brynle Griffith, daughter of Jaley and Payden Potts and Michael Griffith of Crossett was crowned Sassy Miss.

The 6- to 12-year-old royalty was named in the afternoon. The winner in the 6 to 8 age group was Jaycee Meeks, daughter of Justine Day.

In the 9 to 10 age group, the winner was Parker Bishop, daughter of Jacob and Allison Bishop; and in the 11to 12 age division, the winner was Preslee Sturdivant, daughter of Amber Knight and Jacky Sturdivant.

The Teen and Miss Pageants were Saturday evening. The Ashley County reigning royalty, Grannon and Stalnaker, were the masters of ceremonies with help from visiting royalty, Rachel Langely. Langley is a former Miss Ashley County and the reigning Miss Southeast Arkansas.

The night ended with the crowning of the 2017 Miss Ashley County, Madison Tauton of Crossett, daughter of Sam and Stacy Taunton, and the Teen Miss, Mallory Riles of Crossett, daughter of Penny Rials.

Taunton said being Miss Ashley County feels like a dream.

“I’m so honored to be a part of the amazing group of girls I competed with,” she said. “I can’t wait to represent Ashley County this year.”

--For the complete story, see the print edition.