Eight contestants from all over San Luis Obispo County took to the Frontier Stage at the California Mid-State Fair Tuesday to compete for the crown and the title of Miss California Mid-State Fair, with Paso Robles resident Ashley Davis ultimately taking the honors.
Davis, six candidates from south county and one from San Miguel competed in a variety of categories including a talent, swimsuit, evening gowns and an impromptu question about their platform. Davis won over the judges with performances based around her platform of “Food, Fiber and Fitness” — a platform of “healthy food and fitness for children with special needs” that includes educational presentations, handouts and fun fitness demonstrations.
Davis is 20 years old and will be entering her junior year at Cal Poly. Davis is an avid runner and has a passion for agriculture. She’s a sixth generation native of a Paso Robles cattle ranching family and loves being a part of her family’s western traditions. She is currently a member of Cal Poly’s Young Cattlemen’s Committee and has volunteered for SLO County Special Olympics, Paso Robles Children’s Museum, Paso Robles Harvest Marathon and Salvation Army. She describes herself as “friendly, tenacious, dedicated, humble and proud.”
Taking the first runner-up spot, a place on the queen’s court and the Miss Congeniality Award was 18-year-old Kimberly White, of Oceano. In the fall, White will be a freshman at Sonoma State University. Her hobbies include cheerleading, coaching youth gymnastics, theatre and soda bottle collecting. She’s active in numerous local clubs and organizations including the Associated Student Body, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Random Acts of Kindness Club. Her platform, “Random Acts of Kindness,” focuses on “spreading positivity and educating the community on the importance of being kind.” With a platform that directly relates to the club she created, she’s passionate about bettering the community to make a lasting impression. White was also named Miss Congeniality at last year’s Mid-State Fair pageant.
Also taking a spot in the queen’s court as the second runner-up was 19-year-old Codie Wilshusen, of San Miguel. Wilshusen is a sophomore at Cal Poly and enjoys pole vaulting, gymnastics, dance, cheer and 4-H. She’s involved in the Sky Jumpers Vertical Sports Club, Cal Poly Track and Field Team, Chaparral 4-H and Central Coast Gymnastics. Wilshusen described herself as “determined, athletic, dedicated, encouraging and quiet.” Her platform was titled, “Let’s Move! Promoting Active Lifestyles for our Youth and Families,” and is all about encouraging the youth and their families to become more active by finding fun ways to incorporate fitness into their daily lives.