Maple Court Chosen For 2017 Festival

The trio of young ladies who will represent Highland County during the 59th Annual Maple Festival has been chosen, and they recently stopped by the WVLS studio to introduce themselves to our listeners and visitors.

“I’m Katie Amirault, I’m the 2017 Maple Queen. My mom is Tish Amirault, my dad is Chris Amirault. I enjoy showing livestock and riding horses.”

Ms. Amirault spoke about why she wanted to be a part of the Maple Court.

“I would really enjoy being able to serve the county in that way – touring the festival and meeting all the people.”

Next up was first runner up Kathryn Ancarrow.

“My name’s Kathryn Ancarrow, and my parents are Kenneth and Karen Ancarrow. I live in Monterey, VA – I work at High;s restaurant on the weekends.”

She looks forward to greeting visitors during the festival.

“It’s always been a good opportunity to get out and represent the county, and to give people a good reason to come out and visit us.”

Ms. Ancarrow gave a shocking and unusual answer about what she looked forward to during the festival.

“The doughnuts.”

Ok, maybe not so shocking.

Second runner-up Brianna Judy introduced herself.

“My name is Brianna Judy – I’m from Blue Grass, VA and my mom is Latisha McDaniel, and my dad is Joey Judy, and I work at the Highland Inn.”

Ms. Judy is the president of the Highland FFA chapter, and shows an aptitude for marketing.

“We have a great FFA chapter, and you should go get yourself a Maple Milkshake.”

She also gave a pretty non-shocking response to why she was looking forward to the Festival.

“All the food. I thought it was a great opportunity to represent the county.”

These young ladies will be out and about, greeting visitors and sampling food during the Festival, which takes place the weekends of March 11th and 12th and 18th and 19th – stay tuned to Allegheny Mountain Radio for continued coverage and information.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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