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Vaughn crowned Miss Montgomery County

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A classic story of boy meets girl has led to the crowning of Shanice Marie Vaughn as the 2016 Montgomery County Fair Queen.
Vaughn, who is Montgomery County’s first African-American fair queen, is excited about winning the crown.
The 20 year old, who is a 2014 graduate from Lake Hamilton, moved to Mount Ida about a year ago. When asked why she shared that it was a classic tale.
“I met a guy.” she said with a slight giggle.
As their relationship grew she decided to move to be closer to her beau.
When asked why she wanted to participate in the pageant, she replied that she had never done anything like it and wanted to give it a try.
This may have been her first pageant, but it definitely didn’t show. She walked the runway like a pro and when her microphone failed her she held her composure and reached for another microphone to answer her question.
Pageant participation was slim with only five girls participating in three categories. This shouldn’t take away from Shanice’s accomplishment. She stated that she has had a wonderful time with the pageant.
“I had a great time and all the girls were wonderful.” she stated.
Jennifer Barrett, a pageant co-coordinator, stated that Shanice has been an absolute joy to work with. According to Barrett Shanice has been helping get the fairgrounds ready for this year’s fair.
When asked about being the first African-American to win the pageant title she responded that it wasn’t a big deal to her, but she was sure it would be a big deal to some.
Shanice competed in the swimsuit competition and interview Saturday and won the crown Monday. She will represent Montgomery County at the district fair in Hope and will then travel to Little Rock for the State Fair pageant.
For a complete list of pageant winners and fair competition results see the September 1 issue of the Montgomery County News.