Jett McClaskey (center, pink) is crowned 2019 Miss Montgomery County by the 2018 winner Bella McIntyre (behind)
Jett McClaskey (center, pink) is crowned 2019 Miss Montgomery County by the 2018 winner Bella McIntyre (behind)
Outside the Montgomery County 4-H building, a stunning sunset marked the end of a beautiful July day. And inside, applause thundered as Jett McClaskey was named 2019 Miss Montgomery County. Amongst an impressively talented group of contestants, McClaskey came out as the winner, cementing her reign as queen of the county this year.
McClaskey, a now-10-year 4-H member and lifelong Montgomery County resident, spoke after the ceremony about just how special winning was to her, saying, “I’m just shocked I guess, the girls this year were incredible…I can’t really fathom that this crown is on my head.”
McClaskey is the daughter of Julie and Eric McClaskey. She graduated from Western Boone High School this spring and will be attending Ball State University this fall.
McClaskey also talked about how important it was to her to be a good role model for girls across the county. “I’m excited to be a role model for girls in the county…So many girls in today’s society grow up with social media, doubting themselves and what they are capable of. I know it’s cliché but I would say to the girls out there, you can do anything if you believe.”
The queen’s court was also announced. First runner-up for this year was Abbigayle Benge. A 10-year 4-H member, Abbigayle also won 2018 Montgomery County Miss Congeniality. She is the daughter of Greg and Dwanae Benge, and a recent graduate of South Montgomery High School. She will be attending Purdue University in the fall.
This year’s second runner-up award went to Aubry Patton, who also won 2019 Montgomery County Miss Congeniality. Aubry is a 5 year 4-H member and a graduate of Crawfordsville High School in the spring. She will be attending Christina & Company Cosmetology School in the fall.
The 2019 Montgomery County Princess and the 2019 Elaine Chambers Mental Attitude Award both went to Shyana Busse. Busse is 8-year member of 4-H. She will be a junior at North Montgomery High School in the fall.
One notable guest of the evening sat quietly near the front and observed the queen contest. Her name was Halle Shoults and she is the 2019 Miss Indiana State Fair winner. She spoke on how impressed she was and also announced details for her tour around Indiana and for the 2019 State Fair. She is from Benton County.
The Montgomery County 4-H Fair will take place from July 12-18 at the Montgomery County 4-H fairgrounds.
The Indiana State Fair, presented by Indiana Donor Network, will take place at the Indiana State Fairground from August 2-18. The theme will be Heroes in the Heartland.