4-H queen continues family’s line of royalty

Photos by Kaiti Sullivan/The Herald
2018 Teen Miss Dubois County Chaney Barrett, 17, of Huntingburg, left, hugs her sister, Bailey Barrett of Huntingburg, after Bailey was named 2019 Miss Dubois County during the Dubois County 4-H Fair Miss and Teen Miss contests at Jasper High School on Sunday. Each of the 10 Miss Dubois County contestants were judged by their interview, speech, professional wear and formal wear.


JASPER — Thirteen contestants stood in the hall outside of the auditorium in Jasper High School as they anxiously awaited the results from the judges.

After nearly 30 minutes of discussion among the judges, they finally had their answer.

A familiar name took home the title of 2019 Miss Dubois County Sunday evening as 21-year-old Bailey Barrett became the second of her siblings to be crowned Teen Miss or Miss Dubois County.

“You could say it runs in the family,” joked Bailey, a senior elementary education major at the University of Southern Indiana. “I was a little taken aback and surprised when I won, but I’m super excited and ready to represent Dubois County.”

Bailey’s cousin, Rhegann Fetter claimed victory in 2012 and Bailey’s younger sister, Chaney, was named Teen Miss Dubois County in 2018.

The daughter of Scott and Carla Barrett of Huntingburg, this was the third pageant Bailey has competed in as she previously competed in Miss Herbstfest in Huntingburg and the Miss Dubois County competition last year.

Chaney convinced Bailey to enter the pageants.

Shelby Livingston of Jasper, left, Hannah Mehringer of Jasper, Emily Nord of Ferdinand and Sydney Bachman of Jasper hold hands in a prayer circle with the contestants before the Dubois County 4-H Fair Miss and Teen Miss contests at Jasper High School on Sunday.

“She was like, ‘You have to come to them anyway, so come on, you’re doing it,’” said Bailey, who was also named Miss Photogenic.

Contestants had to walk on stage, answer a question from a list of over 40 possible questions and give a 1-minute speech to the audience, along with an interview prior to the pageant.

It was her answer to a question about what she would do if she only had $10 that Bailey thought she won over the judges.

“We were working on my questions and I could not find an answer for this one,” Bailey said. “My older sister, she’s an accountant, too, which makes it pretty funny. She goes, ‘You know, if I had $10, I would go and get a lottery ticket and I would pray to God I’m a winner.’ I thought to myself, ‘There’s my answer.’”

The competitors first showed off their formal wear to the judges before changing into their gowns for their final appearance.

Miss Dubois County Runner-up Sydney Bachman of Jasper said she entered the competition because she thought it would be a great opportunity to branch out and meet new people.

This was Bachman’s first time participating in any pageant. The 2019 Jasper High School graduate has been in 4-H for six years after getting involved in horse shows.

Kylie Hopf, 8, left, hands flowers to her cousin, Katelynn Stemle, 16, both of Jasper, during the Dubois County 4-H Fair Miss and Teen Miss contests at Jasper High School on Sunday. Katelynn was named 2019 Teen Miss Dubois County.

The 18-year-old daughter of Keith and Dana Bachman said people don’t realize how much work goes into competing in a pageant.

“A lot of the walking on stage is very prepared,” she said. “There are certain walks and turns and stops you have to do. People think, ‘Oh you just go out there and look pretty and walk pretty,’ but there is a lot that goes into that.”

Bachman said she put about 20 to 30 hours of preparation into Sunday’s contest, with most of it going toward studying the list of potential questions she could be asked.

“It’s very important that our county is represented by a girl who is well-rounded and familiar with everything and able to converse with other people and represent us well,” she said.

Bailey hopes to influence the next generation by giving them someone to look up to.

“Kids need role models and being a role model, I think, is my purpose in life and I just want to be the person that young kids can look up to,” she said.

Second runner up went to Emily Nord of Ferdinand and third runner up went to Hailey Thayer of Birdseye. Contestants voted Shelby Livingston of Jasper as Miss Congeniality.

The Dubois County Fair begins July 15 and runs through July 19.

Miss Dubois County

• Miss Dubois County Bailey Barrett

• First Runner-up Sydney Bachman

• Second Runner-up Emily Nord

• Third Runner-up Hailey Thayer

• Miss Photogenic Bailey Barrett

• Miss Congeneality Shelby Livingston

Teen Miss Dubois County

• Teen Miss Dubois County Katelynn Stemle

• First Runner-up Abby Hauser

• Second Runner-up Cambria Brown

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