Helms named 2022 Miss Stanly County Fire Queen

Published 3:23 pm Monday, July 4, 2022

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Competing in her first pageant, Kindal Helms, representing Richfield-Misenheimer Fire Department, was crowned the newest Miss Stanly County Fire Queen as part of the 64th Oakboro Fourth of July Celebration.

Not used to being on stage, Helms said she was not expecting to win, which made the moment all the more special.

“I really didn’t believe it,” she said when emcee Wes Tucker called her name. “I heard the (name of the) fire department and I wasn’t sure that I was hearing it right.”

Helms, who graduated from West Stanly High School, will attend UNC Charlotte this fall, where she will major in civil engineering.

She took over from 2021 Miss Stanly County Fire Queen Addison Eury, who said the past year helping to represent the county has been “amazing.”

While she admitted it was sad to give up the crown, Eury is looking forward to competing as a Miss Stanly County contestant in October.

Brooklyn Simpson (Miss Congeniality), Kindal Helms (2022 Miss Fire Queen), Addison Eury (2021 Miss Fire Queen) and Jacy Noble (1st Runner Up). (Photo by Chris Miller/staff)

The pageant — and the Oakboro parade — began as a fundraiser by the Oakboro Fire Department as a way of purchasing new equipment, Tucker told the crowd.

There were eight contestants this year and each one was chosen by their local fire department to represent it in the pageant, which consisted of three parts: a fitness wear portion, an evening wear portion and each contestant being asked one random question.

Helms was asked how she defined the word success.

“My definition of success is not always winning or being the best of something, but overcoming the obstacles in front of you and doing better,” she said.

South Stanly graduate and state tennis champion Jacy Noble, who represented Norwood Center Rural Fire Department, was first runner-up while Brooklyn Simpson, representing West Stanly Fire Department, was chosen as Miss Congeniality.

“It was such a special honor,” Simpson said about her peers selecting her for the award. “I’ve gotten to know all of these sweet, amazing girls … and it’s been a pleasure to now call them friends.”

Simpson will graduate next year from Wingate University with a degree in public relations before applying to be part of the Disney College Program to fulfill her dream of working for Disney. She would eventually like to become a wedding and events planner.

Aside from Helms, Noble and Simpson, the other contestants were Alyssa Pope (Oakboro Fire Department), Chloe Harris (Endy Fire Department), Morgan Kimrey (South Side Fire Department), Aliza Simpson (Aquadale Fire Department) and Briana Perdue (Eastside Fire Department).

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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