As the Nevada County Fair is happening throughout the week, one of the highlights is the annual Miss Nevada County pageant, which is spread across two nights this year, Thursday, Sept. 14, and then, Saturday, Sept. 16, starting at 6 p.m. both nights at the Potlatch Building.

As the Nevada County Fair is happening throughout the week, one of the highlights is the annual Miss Nevada County pageant, which is spread across two nights this year, Thursday, Sept. 14, and then, Saturday, Sept. 16, starting at 6 p.m. both nights at the Potlatch Building.
At press time, the Miss Nevada County will see two contestants going head-to-head for the crown with Jamia Smith and Rayleigh Hart facing each other.
Pageant coordinator Stacy Jester said, “This year we have 37 girls competing for their particular title.   I love working with the girls each night in preparation to their big night. Many of the girls return each year and you watch them grow up on the stage.”
Jester has been the Miss Nevada County pageant director since 2014, and she calls it “one of the most rewarding volunteer positions I hold.”
Jester said that Infant, Baby, Tiny, Little, and Petite Miss competitions, covering ages 0-9 years of age, will compete Thursday, while Young Miss, Junior Miss, and Miss Nevada County will happen Saturday night.
“On Thursday, the younger contestants will be judged on Beauty, Gown and Stage Presence,” Jester said, “Young Miss will also be judged on Beauty, Gown and Stage Presence.”
The older contestants in Junior Miss and Miss will have a Private Interview as well as Evening Gown.  Junior Miss will see a Sportswear competition, while Miss contestants will have the Swimsuit competition.
Of the strong field this year, Jester said “There is no irony that beauty pageants make strong women. As I told the girls, practice like you've never won and perform like you've never lost.”
Jester said the winner of the Little Miss competition will represent Nevada County  in Third District Pageant later in September in Hope. Also, the First Runner-Ups in the Junior Miss and Miss will also compete at the Third District pageant.
The winners of the Junior Miss and Miss Nevada County crowns will represent Nevada County in the Arkansas State Fair Pageant on October 16.
In addition to Smith and Hart for Miss Nevada County, the complete field includes:
Baby Miss: Adaline Cummings, Ava Britton and Victoria Torres
Infant Miss: Harper McMahan, Addison Zitano, Jordan Burton, Lindy McKamie, Josefina Torres and Brylee Rooney
Tiny Miss: Briley Harris, Joshlyn Brown, Kylee Henderson, Lyla Johnson, and McKinley Colbert
Little Miss: Blayklee Glass, Layla Heath, Mattison Moss, and Quinley Pipkin
Petite Miss: Blair Ratcliff, Faith Steed, Kynlee Glass, and Maeley Pipkin
Young Miss: Eden Wood, Harlie Hurt, Kensley Chalmers, Morgan Dillard, Rileigh Burke, and Rylee Pipkin
Junior Miss: Ashlynn Hart, Brandy Johnson, Danielle Hamilton, Essence Thomas, Heavenly Zachary, Taylor Jarvis, and Zoe Fincher