Fair queen earns another title, Miss Herbstfest

Photos by Nic Antaya/The Herald
Annika Beard of Huntingburg, 11, reacts to being named 2018 Pre-Teen Miss Herbstfest Queen on Sunday at Southridge High School in Huntingburg. "I did not expect it at all," Beard said. "I was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is not happening.'" For more photos from the pageant, click here.


HUNTINGBURG — Annika Beard, 11, jumped for joy when she was crowned Pre-Teen Miss Herbstfest at the 37th annual Herbstfest Pre-Teen and Miss Herbstfest Queen Pageant Sunday night at Southridge High School.

“I thought I was dreaming for a second,” Beard said of being crowned.

A few minutes later, Chaney Barrett, 16, was crowned Miss Herbstfest, although there was no jumping at that coronation.

Beard is the daughter of Jason Beard and Vanessa Jacques of Huntingburg, and Barrett is the daughter of Scott and Carla Barrett, also of Huntingburg.

Barrett and her family aren’t strangers to the pageant scene. In July, Barrett won Teen Miss Dubois County at the Dubois County 4-H Fair Queen and Teen Miss contest. Last year, Barrett, won first runner-up and Miss Photogenic in the Pre-Teen Miss Herbstfest competition, and her sister, Bailey, won Miss Herbstfest in 2016.

Both Barrett and Beard are excited to attend the festival they frequent every year as crowned royalty.

“It’s really great because you get to see everyone in your community,” Barrett said of the festival.

She is most excited to judge the Putting on the Hits lip-sync contest Saturday night. For Beard, the best part of the fest is the food. She hopes the pupusa stand is open again, and she’s looking forward to Dippin’ Dots ice cream.

Chaney Barrett of Huntingburg, 16, stands after she was crowned the 2018 Miss Herbstfest on Sunday at Southridge High School in Huntingburg. "I was glad that all my hard work paid off," Barrett said. For more photos from the pageant, click here.

During the final remarks at the pageant, 2017 Pre-Teen Miss Herbstfest Karly Barnett shared a story about younger girls tugging at their parents’ hands last year, pointing at her and saying, “Look, a princess.” Beard said she’s hoping little girls will think she’s a princess, too.

Other winners Sunday evening were: Pre-Teen Miss Second Runner-up Gabrielle McDowell, daughter of RaShawn and Brittany Curry of Huntingburg; Pre-Teen Miss First Runner-up and Miss Photogenic Kara Schmitt, daughter of Chris and Sarah Schmitt of Holland; Miss Herbstfest Second Runner-up Joscelyn Blanchard, daughter of Sheila Blanchard of Huntingburg; and Miss Herbstfest First Runner-up and Miss Photogenic Louisa Nino, daughter of Primitivo and Judy Nino of Huntingburg.

Herbstfest kicks off at 5 p.m. Thursday and continues through Sunday at Huntingburg City Park, 1009 E. First St. The Little Miss and Junior Miss pageants will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the festival’s Main Stage.

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