Little Princess, Little Prince of Fayette Fair crowned
Emily Wilson and Austin Landman were crowned Little Princess and Little Prince 2013 of the Fayette County Fair.
The 30 contestants paraded across the stage, showing off their Sunday best outfits and their outfits of choice featuring a fair theme.
Several hundred people gathered in the Fiddlers' Building on Saturday to watch the competition, which was judged by Jessica Vernon Scott and Beth Guty, both of Uniontown, and Stephanie McArdle of Morgantown, W.Va.
Jennifer Hartman, who is originally from Uniontown and now lives in New York City, served as pageant director.
“This is the second year for the pageant,” she said. “All of the contestants who range in age from 1 to 4 compete against each other. We try to showcase the natural beauty of the girls and boys.”
Hartman said she decided to begin the competition last year because the fair already had a Diaper Derby for babies under the age of 1, but had no competition for the slightly older children.
“We thought it would be a great idea to give the older kids something to do,” Hartman said. “We wanted to do something where the kids and their families could have a lot of fun.”
When asked if the pageant would be similar to a popular television show, Hartman laughed and responded, “This is nothing like ‘Toddlers and Tiaras.' ” Other winners in the competition were:
• Outfit of choice: Sydney Coleman and Aston Pounds.
• Best personality: Kayla Johnson and Owen Teslovich.
• Most photogenic: Matilda Houser and Braedyn Robb.
Hartman said her favorite part of the competition is the creativity that parents use in selecting their children's outfits.
One of the contestants paraded across the stage wearing a handmade cardboard port-a-potty. Another contestant rode in a green wagon surrounded by stuffed animals. A little girl's costume and hat were covered with blue and pink fabric that looked like cotton candy.
“The parents really come up with some unique ideas that make this pageant a lot of fun for everyone,” Hartman said. “Every one of the kids who participate receive a trophy. I think the kids love the fact that they get a little trophy from the Fayette County Fair when it's over. All of the kids feel like winners.”
Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.