Obion County Fair to honor 50 years of queens

Obion County Fair to honor 50 years of queens

Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 8:59 pm

By CASEY CURLIN Messenger Intern In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Obion County Fairest of the Fair Pageant, a commemorative ceremony is being planned for all 49 former Fairest of the Fair queens. According to fair board member Sharon Regen, who directs the pageantry events, a special seating area will be designated during the 2008 Fairest of the Fair pageant for all the former queens and a recognition ceremony will take place. She hopes to also have a luncheon earlier in the day for the queens and adds that no crowns are required. Currently, Mrs. Regen is working to track down all of the queens as well as any pictures she can find of past pageants to display at the fair. The 49 former queens, listed by the year they were crowned and by maiden name, with some known married names in parentheses, are: 1958 Dianne Robinson, 1959 Jennie Lee Darnell (Kirkland), 1960 Twyle Sawyer, 1961 Carol Foster, 1962 Beverly Weldon, 1963 Linda Thorpe (Simrell), 1964 Helen Potts, 1965 Linda Jessup (Jennings), 1966 Jean Neeley (Reeder), 1967 Kathy Threlkeld, 1968 Janice Mays (Wilson), 1969 Teresa Beachum, 1970 Jackie Hollie, 1971 Diana Polsgrove, 1972 Dana Tate, 1973 Rose Gattis, 1974 Cheryl Albright (Young), 1975 Debbie Moultrie, 1976 Dawn Cultra (Botts), 1977 Melanie Ferguson (McIntosh), 1978 Lynne Simmons, 1979 Deanna Whipple (Street), 1980 Jill Simmons, 1981 Deanna Virgin, 1982 Kim Whipple (Decker), 1983 Jennifer Dunn, 1984 Ginger Graves (Victory), 1985 Beth Fowler (Williams), 1986 Deani Joyner (Pahl), 1987 Tracey Towater (Kizer), 1988 Missy Reilly, 1989 Jenny Jernigan (Hurt), 1990 Ali Shumate (Fowler), 1991 Allison Albright (Bibb), 1992 Tiffany Jenkins, 1993 Lindsey Harrison, 1994 Erin Jones (Mayo), 1995 Christy Jackson (Parker), 1996 Christy Brown, 1997 Angela Regen (Davis), 1998 Ashley Towater, 1999 Hailey Brown, 2000 Jeni Beth Sparks (Vincent), 2001 Amy Fisher (Moody), 2002 Erica Martin, 2003 Audrey Marsidi, 2004 Ramie Young, 2005 Abby Reedy, 2006 Betsy Appleton and 2007 Alex Burrow. All former queens and anyone with information about how to get in touch with former queens are asked to contact Mrs. Regen at 885-3818 or sharonregen@hotmail.com. Mrs. Regen also asks anyone with pictures of past Fairest of the Fair pageants to contact her or mail them to 1330 Oaklawn St., Union City, TN 38261. Published in The Messenger 7.25.08

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