By Mary Sycuro
Monday, July 8, 2013 —
Macy Stutts is the 2013-2014 Miss Stanly County Fire Queen. Stutts also was named Miss Congeniality in her field of six contestants, each representing fire departments throughout the county, at the annual pageant Thursday during Oakboro’s Fourth of July Celebration.
Stutts is the 17-year-old daughter of Todd and Sherri Stutts of Locust. A West Stanly High School student, she plans to graduate, continue her education at a four-year university and pursue a degree in criminal justice in order to follow her father and grandfather into a career in law enforcement.
The fire queen competition is comprised of three parts: swimsuit, evening gown and a question and answer session. Each girl was asked one question about their favorite memory of the Fourth of July and a second question based on her individual biography.
Stutts answered a question about the person she most admired, her grandmother Johnnie Long, who is a two- time breast cancer survivor.
“She is the strongest woman I know,” Stutts said.
She was crowned by the outgoing fire queen, Alison Efird.
The day began with Master of Ceremonies Wes Tucker, who introduced Oakboro Mayor Danny Long.
Long’s opening remarks reminded the crowd to “… never forget the men and women of the military, police and firefighters who risk their lives daily so we can be free.”
He also touted Oakboro as a “great town with great folks.”
Long led the audience in a prayer of thanks for all those that made the day possible and in memory of the 19 firefighters who died in the wildfire in Arizona this week.
The First Baptist Church Men’s Quartet sang the National Anthem and 2009 West Stanly High School graduate and 2013 West Point graduate Army Lt. Matt Revels led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Andrea Dunn from New Life Baptist Church sang “God Bless America” and Dr. Brenda Kays, the parade grand marshal and president of Stanly Community College, gave a welcome statement.
The contestants were: Carson Barbee, representing Ridgecrest Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Macy Stutts, representing West Stanly VFD, Krista Tindal, representing Endy VFD, Savanna Barbee, representing Oakboro VFD, Emily Poplin representing Norwood rural fire district, and Tempest Shepherd, representing East Side VFD.
The girls came on stage in swimsuits and introduced themselves to start the pageant.
They presented themselves to the judges, Mark Russell, of Crown Productions, who produces the Miss North Carolina video and is a 1978 graduate of West Stanly High School; Lynn Russell, the owner of Let’s Dance Studios and a pageant choreographer with a degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in fine arts dance; and Madison Harvell, the current Miss Stanly County.
The runner-up to Miss Stanly County Fire Queen is Krista Tindal, who is attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she majors in nutrition science. Tindal is the daughter of Ricky and Susan Tindal of Endy.
Mary Sycuro is a freelance contributor for The Stanly News & Press.