Melessia Jones crowned Mrs. Macoupin

Melessia Jones crowned Mrs. Macoupin

By Daniel Winningham
Medora resident and mother of two, Melessia Jones, was named the winner of the inaugural Mrs. Macoupin County Pageant held at the Bates Building at the fairgrounds June 1.

The requirements to enter the competition were short: be married and live in Macoupin County.

After she was named the winner and was crowned, Jones spoke about this year’s competition.

“It was fun, it was very interesting,” she said. “It was not anything that I was expecting.”

In between breaks in the pageant Brandon Oxley previewed upcoming portions of the 2013 fair, which is set for June 24-29, and Toby Talkington auctioned off items.

The pageant included a short question-and-answer session before Jones was crowned this year’s winner.

Here’s how Jones answered the two questions from Oxley.

• How are you feeling at this moment?
“At this very moment, I’m kind of feeling like that girl on ‘Miss Congeniality’ not really quite sure what the questions are going to be and almost partially gonna freak out when you ask it.
• Why do you want to be Mrs. Macoupin County?

“I would love to be Mrs. Macoupin County because I enjoy talking to people. I would like to be more involved with the fair, and I would like to … I really just like, you know, showing off.”

In addition to Jones being named this year’s winner and Tammy Brooks of Carlinville receiving first runner-up recognition, other contestants for the inaugural Mrs. Macoupin pageant were Bonnie Springman of Carlinville, Sadie Dugger of Carlinville and Lisa Edwards of Carlinville.

At least one of the event’s organizers said finding women to compete was a challenge.

“It really was because for most people, pageants aren’t their thing, especially people who would be a Mrs. in that age group,” Jodi Bennett said.

Bennett said those involved in the competition took part in two practices prior to the June 1 competition.

“Once they signed up they realized it was really fun, they had a fun time doing it,” she said.

Jones was asked about the role of Mrs. Macoupin County, whether there’s more to it than promoting the fair.

“Same as the Miss, Junior Miss and Little Miss, it’s just a Mrs. (Macoupin) now,” she said.

Jones’ husband, Jeremy, plus lots of family and friends were in attendance to cheer her on.

Jones has two children, Haylie and Jude, and is employed by the U.S. Postal Service.

Queen prizes
This year’s queen will receive a sash and trophy from The Vinyl Guy; a crown from the Macoupin County Fair; a 31 bag from Sarah Boente; Farouk royal treatment hair products from State Beauty Supply of Granite City; a gift certificate from My Sister’s Closet; tanning package, lotion and T-shirt from Sunbeach Tan; a gift certificate from Angus Bailey’s; and a bouquet from Brickhouse Florist.

In addition to the pageant, there was a silent and live auction with items donated by individuals and businesses.

Bennett said the fair board’s plan is to keep having the Mrs. Macoupin County competition and fund-raising auction at the Bates building on the fairgrounds in the future.

Bennett thanked the community for coming out and supporting the fair as well as those that provided gifts for the silent and live auctions.

“The community was great,” Bennett said. “Several of us have good connections, so to speak.”

The Brass Door Catering of Carrollton provided the dinner while Jim Snider of The Wood Duck and Lucky Dog’s Alehouse provided a cash bar.

To see more photos from the Mrs. Macoupin County Pageant, visit our photo gallery (2013-Events)!