GRIDLEY — Ten girls and young women will be competing for the titles of Missette Butte County, Miss Teen Butte County and Miss Butte County in the 2022 Miss Butte County Scholarship Program competition at the Butte County Fair.
The competition will be held for all three program divisions opening night of the fair starting at 6 p.m., Aug. 25, on the Courtyard Stage at the fairgrounds.
The program began around 1960 as the Golden Feather Girl contest. Then, in 1966, the name was changed to Miss Butte County. Through the years the competition has undergone various changes to move away from “beauty pageant” to a merit and presentation-based scholarship event. This included the elimination of the “bathing suit” contest in the 1990s.
In 2004, the Butte County Fair Board voted to change the name of the program to the “Miss Butte County Scholarship Program” to mirror the California State program.
To honor the program’s history and to provide another young woman with the opportunity to receive a scholarship, a Miss Golden Feather will also be crowned.
“The Miss Butte County title is the most prestigious one but instead of having a Miss Butte County First Runner Up, we will crown a Miss Golden Feather instead. This gives us the opportunity to give out a second scholarship in the Miss competition,” said Alyssa Tomlinson, program director.
This year three girls are competing for the Missette title which is open to girls in third through sixth grade. They include: Olivia Tomlinson, 8, of Oroville; Josielynn Payan, 8, of Chico; and Candence Kuykendall, 10, of Gridley.
The contestants will be judged on their personal introduction speeches; the answer to an impromptu question about themselves; and, how well they do during a five-minute interview. The winner of the competition will hold her title for a year and receive a scholarship at the end of her reign.
Four girls are up for the title of Miss Teen Butte County which, is open to girls in the seventh through tenth grades. The contestants are: Isabella Bastiani, 14, of Gridley; Emily Danner, 13, of Oroville; Bella Warren, 15, of Gridley; and Ali Khan, 12, of Gridley.
The Miss Butte County division is open to young women in the 11th and 12th grade or those who are not in school but no older than 20. This year three young ladies are competing. They include: Madison White, 19, of Chico; Maddie Garcia, 15, of Biggs; and Jenny Hernandez, 19, of Chico.
The contestants in both the Miss Teen and Miss Butte County divisions will be judged on their personal introduction speeches; the answer to an impromptu question about themselves; and their community and school involvement. The Miss Teen Contestants will also be judged on how well they do during a seven-minute interview. The Miss Butte County contestants will also be judged on how they do during a 10-minute interview. The winners of the competitions will hold their titles for a year. Miss Teen Butte County and Miss Butte County will receive scholarships at the end of their reigns.
All those crowned will represent Butte County throughout the year participating in various events including parades and other fairs.
For the first time in the program, all 2021 Royal Court members will receive scholarships.
“Through the hard work of the Royal Court who all reached out to local businesses for fundraising for the program, every single one of them who participated in all the activities during the year will get a scholarship. We hope to be able to do this again for the 2022 court. We want to make this a regular thing,” said Tomlinson.