In the first big event to kick off the California Mid-State Fair July 16, Paso Robles local Mikaila Ciampi was crowned 2019’s Miss CMSF Queen.
The 17-year-old Ciampi will be a senior at Mission College Preparatory High School and campaigned for the title with her platform titled, “Autism: Not A Disability, A Different Ability.” She also won the fitness portion of the contest.
First runner-up for the night, Mary Hambly, is a 21-year-old Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student and followed a recent trend in such contests to highlight scientific achievement and intellectual ability under the STEM banner with a chemistry demonstration titled, “S’more Fun with Science.”
“Let’s have S’more Fun,” is the fair’s theme for this year, so look for the phrase to pop up at exhibits and events through the Fair’s 12-day run.
Another Paso Robles native, Kara Bullard, took third runner-up. The 20-year-old undergraduate ag business student that will be attending Cal Poly in the Fall after spending the last decade as part of Chaparral 4-H Club and in the Paso Robles FFA, which she referenced heavily in her talent demonstration enacting a day at the fair set to music.
Gentlemen from the United States Marine Corps volunteered their time to escort the talented young ladies on stage for the evening gown show and were also given a note of thanks in the program, and a standing ovation for their service.
Nineteen-year-old Lindsey Sonniksen of Paso Robles was awarded the scholarship for the talent show portion of the evening for her dramatic monologue, “Tinkerbell Speaks Up.” An act which even managed to make her prop fairy wings alternately droop with sadness or jostle in energy. It also impacted the rest of the evening with the otherwise inexplicable presence of a four-post bed just offstage in the audience’s view with other props during the bathing suit and evening gown walks.
Yvette Fiorentino,19, of Arroyo Grande was given the Miss Congeniality Award. A technician at the Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic, she showed the audience how to give CPR to an unresponsive patient, in this case, a cuddly Teddy Bear.
Marking five decades of the contest this year, said director Patti Lucas, was a great success after researchers scoured microfiche looking for records of past contestants and were able to bring a large number of previous winners to a banquet for the day.
Maid of San Luis Obispo County 1969 Paulette Pahler returned as a judge for the contest which, despite a change in name, has maintained continuity over 50 years.
Former Queens and court members agreed that 2019’s trio of young women have their work cut out for them heading toward 2020. Being ambassadors for the Fair with the support of the organizers, said 2018 CMSF Queen Ashley Davis, had helped her grow into, “a more confident woman while having the experience of a lifetime.”
Opening Day, July 17, was highlighted by free carnival rides and featured county music sensation Miranda Lambert on the Chumash Grandstand Arena. Rounding out the first weekend of the Fair on the Chumash Grandstand Arena is Billy Idol on July 19, Cardi B on July 20, and Blake Shelton on July 21.
For more information, visit online www.midstatefair.com.