The 2019 Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival royalty members as well as Festival Committee leaders Bill Beckley and Chris Kram appeared on Total Media’s Main Street TV Morning Show last Friday morning, April 30 to promote this year’s festival which will take place May 6-9 on the downtown streets of McArthur. Pictured (from the left) are: Queen’s Scholarship Pageant Committee Chair Chris Kram, First Attendant McKenzie Radabaugh, Queen Sydnee Knox, Second Attendant Taylor Moore and Wild Turkey Festival President Bill Beckley. (Telegram Photo by James Hamilton)
The 2019 Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival royalty members as well as Festival Committee leaders Bill Beckley and Chris Kram appeared on Total Media’s Main Street TV Morning Show last Friday morning, April 30 to promote this year’s festival which will take place May 6-9 on the downtown streets of McArthur. Pictured (from the left) are: Queen’s Scholarship Pageant Committee Chair Chris Kram, First Attendant McKenzie Radabaugh, Queen Sydnee Knox, Second Attendant Taylor Moore and Wild Turkey Festival President Bill Beckley. (Telegram Photo by James Hamilton)

The Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival held its first official event in almost two years last Saturday evening, May 1 as the 2021 Queen's Scholarship Pageant unfolded in the Vinton County High School cafetorium. 

The event comes just five days before the 36th annual Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival which will be held Thursday through Sunday May 6-9 on the downtown streets of McArthur.

Seven contestants are vying for the 2021 crown. The young ladies are: Kylie Ferrell, Lily Jayjohn, Mika McFadden, Elizabeth Lambert, Courtney King, Lydia Nichols, and Lydia LenegarThe Pageant determined the queen and two attendants, but the winners will not be announced until next Saturday evening, May 8 when the new royalty is crowned at 7 p.m. following the Grand Parade. 

The Pageant was hosted by Dr. Cassie Rice Spencer, who herself is a former (2001) Wild Turkey Festival Queen. She has emceed both the contests and crowning ceremonies for many years. She gave the State Runner-Up Lady Vikings girls’ basketball team a shout-out as Nichols and Lenegar were both members of the team.

The program included an evening gown competition, a personal question posed to each contestant, a variety show,and singing solos from Shawna Corder and Kiki BarlowAlso, farewell speeches were given by the still reigning 2019 Wild Turkey Festival royalty: Queen Sydnee Knox, First Runner-Up McKenzie Radabaugh and Second Attendant Taylor Moore.

Festival Chairman Bill Beckley also made some important comments when addressing the audience concerning the health-safety guidelines which will be in place due to the COVID-19 situation. He reminds everybody to use safety protocols, including wearing masks and social distancing

A portion of Saturday evening’s Pageant can be viewed on The Telegram’s Facebook page.