FAIRVIEW–After her two-year reign thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Miss Fairview Emily Kerksiek turned her crown over to Kambrielle Grasteit at the pageant on Saturday night.
The Peterson Dance Hall was filled with cheering community members and the family and friends of nine beautiful young ladies all competing for the title of Miss Fairview.
Shayne Thompson co-hosted the pageant and said that in his six years of being the host, this is the largest number of girls he has ever seen compete.
Grasteit, a sophomore at North Sanpete High School, said that she was beyond happy and so excited when she heard her name announced as the new Miss Fairview.
“I can’t wait to serve my community with my two amazing attendants and participate in the many fun activities that the city will hold,” she said.
She wowed the crowd and judges alike with her larger-than-life personality, poise, grace, and confidence.
Grasteit, who is an accomplished piano player, played a rousing rendition of “Rosemary’s Theme” by Marco Beltrami, complete with a sparkling red tuxedo-like outfit during the talent portion of the show.
Being the only rose amongst a house full of thorns, Grasteit is the only girl with five brothers and is the daughter of Thor and Kristen Grasteit. She likes a variety of different activities including girly things like dancing, watching chick flicks, and shopping, but isn’t afraid to get dirty while camping, fishing, hunting, and riding horses. She believes that many of life’s problems can be solved with a bowl of ice cream.
The pageant offers scholarships for each individual winner thanks to many generous sponsors. Miss Fairview receives $1500, the first attendant $1000, and the second attendant $500.
Crowned as first attendant was Lexi Booher, daughter of James and Nora Booher, who danced a lyrical/contemporary solo to “Scars to Your Beautiful.” Booher shared her personal experiences of feeling like less of a person because of social media photo filters that make someone look unlike themselves. She wants others to stop using filters and just be proud of how beautiful they are in real life.
Sophia Johnson traded her wrestling shoes in for some heels for the night and was crowned second attendant. She performed a vocal solo of “Dos Oruguitas” by composer Lin Manuel Miranda. Johnson was also picked by the judges as most photogenic and was given hair products donated by pageant sponsor Cliff Wheeler. She is the daughter of Joel and Emily Johnson.
The nine girls, who became the best of friends, according to Grasteit, chose contestant Libby Booher as Miss Congeniality for her bubbly personality and for being genuine and kind with each one of the contestants.