Miss State Fair; Outstanding Teen competition is Saturday

COURTESY PHOTOS Miss State Fair contestants, top row from left, are Elizabeth Nesland, Jaycee Clark, Rio Snyder and Megan Clark. In the second row, Rachel Friez, Laney Titze, Miranda O’Bryan and Hunter Midvey. In the second photo, the Outstanding Teen contestants are, from left, Natalie Biegler and Megan Kogel.

HURON — A trio of candidates will see their dream become reality on Saturday when the Miss State Fair/Miss Huron 2021 Scholarship competition takes place.

The contest will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4. under the tent at the Dakotaland Stage on the S.D. State Fairgrounds. The Dakotaland tent is located just off 3rd Street on the east side of the fairgrounds.

Eight Miss candidates and two in the Outstanding Teen division will seek the crown and sash at this local qualifier for the Miss S.D. Pageant next June in Brookings. On hand to hand over their titles earned in 2019 will be Annie Woodmansey, Miss State Fair; Danielle Nowell, Miss State Fair’s Outstanding Teen and Javonte Madsen, Miss Huron’s Outstanding Teen.

This year’s candidates will vie for more than $1,500 in scholarships and awards at the Miss State Fair competition.

Special guests will include the 2021 Miss South Dakota Kaitlin O’Neill and Miss South Dakota’s Outstanding Teen Kianna Healy.

Let’s meet the candidates for Miss S.D. State Fair and Miss Huron, including their hometown and their Social Impact Statement.

Candidate 1 — Elizabeth Nesland, Rapid City. “Mercy Project” - to help the homeless and to inspire a culture of love in the community by supporting those in need.

Candidate 2 — Jaycee Clark, Huron. “Kindness Counts,” a project to promote compassion and kind acts.

Candidate 3 — Rio Snyder, Black Hawk. “L.I.P.P.: The Look Inside People Project,” to continue to banish bullying against those with a disability.

Candidate 4 — Megan Clark, Huron. “IVF for ECK,” a program for national infertility awareness and to show infertility as a medical condition, not a choice.

Candidate 5 — Rachel Friez, Sioux Falls. “Migraine Awareness,” It’s not just a headache, which affects one in seven people globally.

Candidate 6 — Laney Titze, Mitchell. “Art for All,” to change the perception surrounding art.

Candidate 7 — Miranda O’Bryan, Martin. “Page Turners,” a program to help people of all ages fall in love with reading.

Candidate 8 — Hunter Widvey, Rapid City. ““Make it More than Eight,” a program to raise childhood cancer awareness and increase funding.

This year’s Miss S.D. State Fair’s Outstanding Teen candidates are:

Natalie Biegler — Timber Lake. “Inspiring Kids Through Reading,” encourage young people to reach higher levels of literacy.

Megan Kogel — Woonsocket. “Road Construction Work Zone Safety,” sharing the importance of driving safely through construction zones on the state’s roadways.

Judges for this year’s competition are Katlyn Bartz, LaRae Holland, and Terri Gaikowski.

Scoring for the Miss candidates is 35% for a private, 10-minute Interview prior to the stage contest; 35% for the candidate’s Talent presentation; 15% for her Social Impact presentation and 15% for Evening Gown.

Outstanding Teen candidates are scored 30% for private Interview; 20% for Evening Gown; 10% for a Fitness Routine and 35% for her Talent presentation.

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