Forestry pageant was a success

Published 1:09 pm Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DECATUR COUNTY FORESTRY PAGEANT WINNERS: In the very front is Baby Miss Madelyn Meredith. Left to right, front row, are Jr. Miss Annamarie Hall, Miss Decatur County Forestry Hospitality Anniston Brown, Tiny Miss Jayda McConnell, Little Miss Mollie Grace Meredith, Teeny Miss Elizabeth Hughes; and back row, Miss Hannah Williams, Smokey Bear, and Teen Miss Tristan Casey. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Special to The Post-Searchlight

The Decatur County Forestry Pageant was held October 20 at the Decatur County Memorial Coliseum in Bainbridge.

Baby Miss Madelyn Annabeth Meredith is the 1-year old daughter of Garry and Kim Meredith.

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Teeny Miss Elizabeth Handlee Hughes is the 19 month-old daughter of Sam and Whitney Hughes.

Tiny Miss Jayda Leigh McConnell is the 4 year old daughter of Joseph and Jenna McConnell.

Little Miss Mollie Grace Meredith is the 8 year old daughter of Garry and Kim Meredith and she attends Grace Christian Academy.

Junior Miss Annamarie Jadyn Hall is the 9 year-old daughter of Chip and Patty Hall and she attends John Johnson Elementary.

Teen Miss Tristan Elizabeth Casey is the 14 year-old daughter of Erin Whiddon and Dewayne Casey and she attends Bainbridge Middle School.

Miss Hannah Nicole Williams is the 18 year-old daughter of Joanie Williams and Allen Williams and she attends Bainbridge College.

Miss Decatur Co. Forestry Hospitality Anniston Lee Brown is the 4 year-old daughter of Clint and Shirah Brown.

All winners will advance to the 74th Annual Miss Georgia Forestry Pageant, to be held in June 2013 in Tifton, Ga.

The Mistress of Ceremonies was Bridget Collier.

Entertainment was provided by Lucretia’s School of Dance and Nyles Odom.

Many local business contributed to the queens’ gift bags.

The pageant’s organizers are Valerie Faircloth and Jessica Moye Thompson, whom are both former Decatur County Forestry Queens.

Thompson presented retired Decatur County Forestry Ranger Mr. Ronnie Martin with a recognition award. Martin was joined by his wife Karri and stepdaughter Bethany, Members of the Decatur County Forestry Unit Johnny Barwick, Tina Nix, Rodney Heard, and Van Smith. The pageant’s Miss Hospitality contest, in which participants’ supporters donated money, raised $1,750 to help Martin with medical bills he has had since being treated for lung cancer.