PASO ROBLES — The 48th annual Miss California Mid-State Fair Pageant celebrating the Mid-State Fair theme, “Come One Come All,” will crown the 2017 queen July 18 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the Frontier Stage. This year there will be nine young ladies from all over San Luis Obispo County vying for the crown.
This tradition began in 1969 as the Miss San Luis Obispo County Pageant with the crowning of Paulette Paylour and this year many of the past winners will be present at the event, according to pageant director Patti Lucas.
“I thought it would be a nice touch to see how many are still in the area and we want to have a group picture that we can add to year by year,” Lucas said. “So far, 1985 queen LaTonya Herrod has contacted me along with several queens from the past 20 years. 2019 will mark 50 years of the pageant and all past queens have reserve seating for the event.”
The 2017 contestants are as follows:
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Blakelee Adams is 17 years old and attends Paso Robles Pro Academy. Her hobbies include swimming, weight lifting, traveling, and raising animals. She’s involved with Bucket Busters, FFA and 4-H, Iron Brothers Weightlifting, Paso Robles Aquatics, and Love Branches. She has won awards and achievements such as the MLK Essay Contest in 2017, Cattle Women’s Association Essay Contest in 2015, and Honor Roll. Her platform is the share the importance of music in the development of children.
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Suzanne Belton is 17 years old and is a senior at Paso Robles High School. Her hobbies and interests include dancing at Artistry in Motion, teaching dance to her students, and spending time with all of her friends and family. She’s a part of the performing company at Artistry in Motion, PRHS Jazz N’ Company, and PRHS Leadership. Her achievements are the Lions Club Sportsmanship award, PRHS Cheer Captain, All Star Dancer award from Dupree Dance Competition, and PRHS 2015-2016 Link crew leader. Her platform is titled “Caring for America’s Youth through Physical Fitness” and it is to inspire young people to get up and dance.
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Isabel Caffee is a 19-year-old freshman at Cuesta College. She enjoys dancing, singing, working out, modeling, cooking, athletic training, and working at medical offices. She’s a member of Momentum Professional Dance Company, CERN intern, and Noor Clinic in San Luis Obispo. She has won various awards including the coaches’ award for Varsity Cheerleading, a scholar athlete, and one of four high school students to work at CERN. Her community outreach program will be an outreach to SLO County’s homeless population to provide seminars in which she will teach first-aid to those who are staying at the facility.
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Yvette Fiorentino is 17 years old and will be a senior at San Luis Obispo High School. Her hobbies include showing pigs and working with animals, training and riding horses, singing, going to the beach, and spending time with loved ones. She’s an active member in FFA, a performer with the women’s ensemble choir with San Luis Obispo High School, and is a part of the group PHSS. Her greatest achievement is winning the Mayor’s Award for her involvement in community service. Her platform is to get the youth involved in agriculture and to show them what agriculture can do for their future.
Jamie Lynn Stapf
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Jamie Stapf is 20 years old and will be a junior at Cal Poly. She enjoys cheerleading, dive coaching, singing, cheer coaching, and is also interested in pre-veterinary. She’s involved in the Dairy Club at Cal Poly and also Cal Poly Cheerleading. She was captain of the cheer team in high school for two years, on the Varsity Dive Team, and a CIF qualifier for all four years in high school. Her platform is to inform the youth about where their food comes from.
Adrianne Stultz is 19 years old and a Phlebotomist at Twin Cities community Hospital. She is also, The Paso Robles High School JV Cheerleading coach. Adrianne graduated from Cuesta College with an Associates degree in science. She will be furthering her education to become a Registered Nurse, also at Cuesta College. Her hobbies include horseback riding, roping, barrel racing, team penning, and raising show cattle and working out at the gym. Her highest achievements include: FFA American degree, National Cheerleading Team/Macy’s Day parade participant. MBHS cheer Captain, MBHS softball Captain, MBHS FFA President, FFA Outstanding Senior, and Homecoming Court 2015. Her platform is titled “Back on Track with Ag” and her plan is to reach out to at risk youth and turn their focus to agriculture to help them develop skills that will help them better their future.
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Amanda Weddle is 18 years old and a senior at Morro Bay High School. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, working out, spending time with friends, shopping, and working with her livestock animals. She’s a member of FFA and also her high school’s Key Club. Some of her achievements include 4-H Club Vice President, FFA Vice President, 4-H SLO County All-Star (2015-2016), FFA Outstanding Greenhand and Sophomore, and Reserve Breed Champion dairy goat and market lamb at the California Mid-State Fair. Her platform is to use agricultural education to encourage farmers and ranchers to hang “road crop” signs and to then educate the community about the large, growing, and diverse agriculture industry in San Luis Obispo County.
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Kimberly White is 17 years old and attends Arroyo Grande High School. Her main hobbies include ballet, leadership, theatre, art, collecting soda bottles, coaching, reading, and cheerleading. She’s involved in the Interact Club, PCPA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Great American Melodrama, ASB, Varsity Cheerleading, Eagles Central Coast Soccer, Coastal Dance and Music Academy, and Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet. Some of her achievements and special awards include Strawberry Princess/Duchess (2006-2007), AGHS Freshman Class Officer, Mid-State Fair Talent Show Winner, ASB Spirit Leader, and many others. Her platform is about the “#17 Strong Foundation” and her goal is to inform the public about the foundation and how to help others carry out their legacy.
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Codie Wilshusen is 18 years old and will be a freshman in college. She stays active with gymnastics, track and field, cheerleading, and dance. While in 4-H, she was involved with the swine club for 7 years, sewing, and public speaking groups. She’s a member of the Sky Jumpers Vertical Sports Club, PRHS Varsity track team, Advanced Dance Team at Paso Robles High School, PRHS Varsity Cheer, and many others. Just some of her awards and achievements include All American Cheerleader 2016-2017, 2016 Outstanding Field Event Athlete for the year, and 2016 Pac 7 Leader Pole vault champion. Her platform is title “Fun Fitness Zone” where she will provide stations at local events for the youth to have fun and gain knowledge about the importance of fitness.
This year’s Master of Ceremonies, Chad Stevens will be joined by: choreographer June Greenawalt, pageant coach Bob Woodard, interview coach Savannah Romero, and judges: Courtney Meznarich, Tommy Lynn Calhoun, Krista Sabin, Paul Press and Clinton Kyles.
The night will kick off with the opening number featuring the 2017 contestants, followed by an introduction and some entertainment by Artistry In Motion followed by the Health and Fitness competition and introduction of Victoria Humphrey 2016 Queen and Princesses, Carley Cochrum and Tahnee Brey. The talent competition will come next, opening with Yvette Fiorentino singing, “American Soldier” by Toby Keith. Then Codie Wilshusen will perform and Acro-Jazz Dance to song, “Determined,” Amanda Weddle will perform an Intramuscular Demonstration, Kimberly White will sing, “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun.” Belle Caffee will perform a Hip-Hop Dance, Blakelee Adams will sing, “Can’t Help The Tears,” Adrianne Stultz will give an American Sign Language Demonstration, Jamie Stapf will sing, “Who I Am,” by Jessica Andrews and Suzanne Belton will perform a lyrical dance to song, “Hope You Dance.”
The next portion of the competition will be Evening Gowns followed by the Final Question portion featuring all contestants. The night will end with a farewell speech and final walk by Humphrey 2016 Queen, awarding the Miss Congeniality Award and the final act will be the crowning of fair princesses and the 2017 Miss California Mid-State Fair.