Guoveia wins State Festivals Crown

Members of the Indiana State Festivals Pageant queen’s court are (from left) Directors Award Winner Kara Parkes; second runner-up Kara Skorge; first runner-up Kiersten Brittingham; Queen Alyson Gouveia; third runner-up Brianna Andrews; fourth runner-up Skylar Tucker; and essay award winner Julie Jackson. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

Alyson Gouveia was crowned the 2018 Indiana State Festivals Association queen during the annual ISFA pageant in Indianapolis.

Gouveia, representing the Wabash Garden Festival, was selected from a field of 25 contestants from around the State of Indiana

First runner-up was Kiersten Brittingham, Sweet Corn Festival; second runner-up was Kara Skorge, Jasper Strassenfest; third runner-up was Brianna Andrews, Marshall County Blueberry Festival, and fourth runner-up was Skylar Tucker, Linton Freedom Festival.

The Directors Award was presented to Kara Parkes of the Mitchell Permission Festival, while the essay winner was Julie Jackson of Harvest Homecoming.

Gouveia is the sixth Wabash County representative to have won the title since 1994.

Former winners were Mary Ann Cosby, 1994; Wendy Vanderpool, 1999; Christy Penner, 2007; Hannah Klare, 2012, and Kaytlyn Eberly, 2015.

“We have wonderful young ladies in this county,” said Chris Benson, a member of the pageant committee. “They have a lot of confidence in themselves, and when they get down to state, it shines through.”

A Southwood High School graduate, Gouveia is currently studying elementary education and teaching English as a second language at Ball State University with plans to graduate in 2018.

She was to begin the student teaching phase of her education on Monday.

Posted on 2018 Jan 09