Bailey Wilson, an 18-year-old from Maxwell, was crowned Miss Colusa County opening day of the Colusa County Fair.
Wilson is the daughter of Mary and Joseph Wilson. She graduated from Maxwell High School on June 1, and plans to go to nursing school.
Wilson immediately assumed the duties of outgoing Miss Colusa County Hannah Azevedo, also of Maxwell, and will reign over the remainder of the Colusa County Fair, which includes tonight’s Fair Parade, sponsored by the Colusa Lions and Rotary clubs, Saturday’s livestock auction, where she will hand out awards, the Mr. Cinderella Pageant, also on Saturday, and Sunday’s Destruction Derby.
Wilson competed for the $1,000 scholarship that comes with the title against four other Colusa County girls. The win makes her eligible to run in the 2019 Miss California Pageant.
Natalie Wilson, 16, also of Maxwell, was first runner-up.
Natalie is the daughter of Randy and Vicki Wilson. She will be a senior next year at Maxwell High School.
Mariana Ayala, 17, of Grimes, was selected Miss Congeniality by the contestants.
Ayala is the daughter of Guadalupe and Eduardo Ayala. She will be a senior at Pierce High School.
Carmen Contreras, 16, of Williams, and Alysha Robledo, 16, of Princeton also competed.
All of the contestants are eligible for scholarship money, which they solicit from donors. The 44th District Agricultural Association holds the funds until the girls enroll in college.
Unlike the Mini Miss Pageant, which included a judged talent, Miss Colusa County contestants are scored heavily on their poise, intelligence, individuality, maturity, and their speech, which centered on the Colusa County Fair’s theme “H2O Makes Things Grow.”
Baily Wilson dazzled judges with her poise and articulation, but also for giving part of her speech in American Sign Language, which she said she learned to communicate with friend who is hearing impaired.