GREENSBURG – Sammi Brewsaugh was crowned 2018’s Miss Decatur County at the annual pageant Friday evening.
Brewsaugh, 20, is the daughter of Kim Slaven and Scott and Sarah Brewsaugh. She is a 2016 graduate of North Decatur High School and was sponsored by Obermeyer Agri Group.
This year’s pageant, “A Moment Like This,” was planned by 2017 Miss Decatur County Addy Osting.
The newly-crowned queen scored higher than the other 10 local young ladies competing in the pageant to take the crown at Greensburg High School Auditorium. She will reign over Decatur County for the next year.
Brewsaugh’s immediate duties include serving during the Decatur County Fair July 11 to 18, as well as representing the county at the 2018 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant in January 2019. Throughout her year’s reign, Brewsaugh will attend multiple events and parades, serving her community as Miss Decatur County.
Brewsaugh began the competition with the “Outfit of Choice” portion, which is meant to represent something near and dear to the heart of each contestant. She came out to the stage in jeans and a John Deere T-shirt, carrying a bag of animal feed. As she has professed an intention to attend college and come back to work the family farm, it seemed an appropriate choice to symbolize who she is and what matters to her.
“I am wearing what I can be seen in daily at the farm and I’m carrying my most common accessory, a feed bag,” Brewsaugh said while introducing herself.
Other contestants wore things that they felt represented who they are and the things most important to them, such as outfits worn to show horses or dogs, FFA formal dress, nursing scrubs, college gear and more.
Beyond the outfit of choice, pageant contestants also took part in the professional wear and evening wear segments of the competition. While each young lady displayed her professional attire, emcee Elizabeth Lecher shared information about each with the audience. Judges awarded points for posture, poise and overall impression.
During the evening wear portion of the contest, each young lady answered an impromptu question from the judges asked by Osting.
Brewsaugh’s question was “What are you most proud of?”
“I think the thing that I would most be proud of would be exhibiting the grand champion market goat at the 2015 Indiana State Fair. Me and my dad have been raising goats since 2011 and it is something that we really work hard for and it took me so long to finally achieve that goal. I didn’t achieve the goal until my ninth year of 4-H and it was just a memory that we both will never be able to forget,” Brewsaugh answered.
Osting, the outgoing queen, spoke fondly of her year with the crown and shared a slideshow capturing some of her favorite moments during her reign. She thanked 2017 Miss Congeniality and 2017 Miss Tree City Ashley DeArmond for being such a wonderful friend and a pleasure to represent the county alongside. The list of those receiving her gratitude was long and heartfelt. Before taking her final walk as Miss Decatur County, Osting shared her last words as the reining queen.
“My last thank you goes to Decatur County, for being such an amazing community that I have been so blessed to be able to represent during the 2017-2018 year,” Osting said. “At this time last year, I was so grateful for a moment like this, as Kelly Clarkson sings, and all that was to come after I was crowned.”
As the competition came to a close, awards were presented to the ladies earning top spots. The first award was the annual WRTE essay scholarship, worth $1,500. This year’s topic was to write about a local hero, not the kind with superpowers or an alter ego, but regular people doing good in their community.
WTRE’s Emily Verseman read a selection from the winner’s essay before presenting the scholarship to Danielle Smith. In her essay, Smith named the whole of Decatur County as her personal community hero. She went on to mention three people who have served as teacher, coach, team and stranger in her life.
“A true hero has no idea that what they did just has impacted a life so deeply that they will forever be a hero. Don’t go searching for a hero, because you will more than likely miss the true hero that you need. A teacher, a coach, a team, and even a stranger can come together to save the day… My hero is the community that has made Decatur County my home,” Smith’s essay said.
The third annual $300 Helping Hands Community Service Award, instituted by 2013 Miss Decatur County Erika Carmen, was awarded to Zoey Nobbe.
The sash, trophy, and bouquet for this year’s Miss Congeniality went to Hannah Davis.
Erika Fixmer was named the Second Runner Up, with Zoey Nobbe as First Runner Up.
To close the pageant, Brewsaugh was named 2018 Miss Decatur County and crowned by Osting.
Brewsaugh’s reign begins immediately, and she will serve alongside the 4-H King and Queen at this year’s Decatur County Fair. She will receive a $500 scholarship from the Bennet family and a $200 scholarship from Quad Lynn Farms, in addition to dozens of other prizes sponsored by local individuals and businesses.
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