It was a case of "third time's the charm" for brunette beauty Elizabeth Kate Armistead.
Armistead, who placed Second Runner-Up in 2013 and First Runner-Up in 2014 Wilson County Fairest of the Fair pageants, won 2015 Fairest of the Fair on Monday night.
Her proud parents, David and Amy Armistead, joined in the celebration onstage as Armistead was crowned by 2014 Fairest of the Fair Brett Ruff. "She really wanted to be Fairest of the Fair and just kept going," said Amy of her daughter's passion for pageantry.
Armistead, 18, is a graduate of Watertown High School and is pursuing a degree in nursing at Cumberland University.
First Runner-Up was Shelby Walton. Second Runner-Up was Johnna Moore of Mt. Juliet.
Moore, who is entering college at Tennessee Tech this fall, said she practiced her introduction, smile and walk for three days prior to the pageant.
The honor of Miss Congeniality was awarded to Leslie Maynard, 20, of Lebanon. It was Maynard's second time entering the pageant. Master of Ceremonies Andy Brummett asked Maynard if there was anything she wanted to say onstage about her award. Maynard responded, "Thank you."
Brummett joked that he hoped she would have said more in the allotted time. "We've got to take up some time here. Can you say something else?" he asked.
"Thank you... so much," Maynard said. The audience laughed and enjoyed her humble humor.
Out of the 15 contestants, the following made Top Ten before a winner was named: Leslie Maynard, Abigail Grace Durbin, Lailani Price, Angel Hope Lynn, Johnna Moore, Chloe Venegoni, Layne Porter, Reagan McKay Hood, Elizabeth Kate Armistead and Shelby Walton.
Accountants for the pageant were Bane & Associates. Music was by Gwynn Lanius.
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