2012 royalty bids farewell

2012 royalty bids farewell

By Daniel Winningham
Just prior to this year’s Miss Macoupin and Junior Miss winners being crowned Tuesday evening at the annual queen pageant, the 2012 winners were given one final opportunity to walk across the stage and reflect upon their past year of representing the Macoupin County Fair.

“It’s hard to believe that just a short year ago I was in their shoes, just as anxious as they are,” Walton said. “I cannot describe the overwhelming feeling I had after being crowned on this stage. But that was just the beginning of this amazing experience.”

Walton spoke about her experiences of the past year, as she traveled to other fairs and pageants, representing Macoupin County.

She also took part in the 2013 Miss Illinois Fair Queen pageant earlier this year.

Walton first had kind words for her family.

“I would like to thank my entire family — Mom, Dad, Camryn, Carly, Cory, Will — you’ve all been so helpful and supportive in my life, and nothing I’ve done would have been possible without you guys.”

She was also thankful for friends that have cheered her on along the way.

Walton, 18, a 2013 graduate of Carlinville High School, plans to attend the University of Missouri later this year. She was the first Junior Miss Macoupin County in 2008.

2012 Junior Miss Sarah Watson of Girard also had the opportunity to say goodbye. She is the 15-year-old daughter of Jason Watson and Anna Watson.

“I can’t believe it’s been a year since I have been crowned,” Watson said. “It has been an amazing experience, and I am blessed and honored to have gotten the opportunity to represent Macoupin County.”

Watson thanked the fair board and then specifically pointed out the pageant directors.

“With your help, I have gained confidence and learned to be true to myself,” Watson said.

She also thanked her parents and family.

Watson just finished up her freshman year at North Mac High School where she was a cheerleader and an honor student.

Watson has a younger brother, Kenny. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and spending time with family and friends.