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Pageant kicks off Butterfield Stage Days

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Butterfield Royalty

BUTTERFIELD ROYALTY – The Little Miss Butterfield Pageant was one of the first events Saturday at the annual Butterfield Stage Days. The honorees were: baby miss runnerup Blakelyn Lewis, winner Delilah Smith; tiny miss winner Brinley Knox, Little Miss Butterfield Truly Moore, petite miss runnerup Kylee Gaston and winner Rylee Horton. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Rylee Horton’s smile earned her a medal and a crown as Petite Miss Butterfield Saturday morning. But it was another prize that seemed to brighten her smile.

“She’s more excited about winning the rodeo ticket,” said her mother, Lauren Horton.

Rylee was one of three young girls who earned crowns during the Little Miss Butterfield Pageant at the Historic Arcadia Theater during Bridgeport’s Butterfield Stage Days. It was the first time for the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce to sponsor the pageant, according to its chairperson Pam Lanfear. She said various pageants have been held in the town before.

“It’s fun. It varies with what’s going on the amount of participation we have,” Lanfear said. “My daughter did it when she was younger. It builds confidence and stage presence.”

Truly Moore, 5, captured the Little Miss Butterfield crown in her first pageant. She admitted she was a bit nervous on stage.

“We had to answer a question,” Truly said. “I had to wave.”

In the Baby Miss category for girls up to 23 months old, Delilah Smith captured the crown. Blakelyn Lewis was the runnerup. Blakelyn also won a medal for best personality.

“It was a last minute thing. They talked us into it last night,” said Blakelyn’s mother, Emily Lewis.

Brinley Knox was named Tiny Miss Butterfield in the 2 to 3 age group.

The pageant was only part of a busy day at the annual spring festival that included a pet parade and contest and barbecue cook-off. The festival wrapped up Saturday night with the PRCA Ram Rodeo and a concert by Bradley Banning.

Festive Atmosphere 1

FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE – The Jake Hooker and the Outsiders Band played at the Boot Scoot and Boogie street dance. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Festive Atmosphere 2

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin waves at the crowd during Friday’s Butterfield Stage Days parade. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Festive Atmosphere 3

The Bridgeport High School band makes its way down Halsell Street during the parade. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Moving Along

MOVING ALONG – A pair of Clydesdales pull a wagon during the Butterfield Stage Days parade in Bridgeport. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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