Smiles and waves for a greater cause

Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

The Miss Louisa County Agricultural Fair 2014 beauty pageant was held Saturday, July 12 at the Louisa Arts Center. This year’s winners are Hannah Fletcher, Teen Miss; Olivia Riordan, Miss; Grace Rose, Young Miss; Cassie Duerson, Little Miss; Madison Gholson, Small Miss; and Kylie Loudin, Tiny Miss. The Louisa County Agricultural Fair will be held Aug. 1 and 2 at the Louisa County Fairgrounds.  The fair queens will be on hand to assist with various activities throughout the course of the event. Riordan will advance to compete in the Miss Virginia Association of Fairs Pageant in January at The Homestead in Hot Springs.

The Miss Louisa County Agricultural Fair 2014 beauty pageant was held Saturday, July 12 at the Louisa Arts Center. This year’s winners are Hannah Fletcher, Teen Miss; Olivia Riordan, Miss; Grace Rose, Young Miss; Cassie Duerson, Little Miss; Madison Gholson, Small Miss; and Kylie Loudin, Tiny Miss. The Louisa County Agricultural Fair will be held Aug. 1 and 2 at the Louisa County Fairgrounds. The fair queens will be on hand to assist with various activities throughout the course of the event. Riordan will advance to compete in the Miss Virginia Association of Fairs Pageant in January at The Homestead in Hot Springs.

Since stepping onstage at the age of three to participate in her very first pageant, Olivia Riordan enjoyed the experience so much that she dreamed of one day becoming Miss Louisa Ag Fair. This was her year.

“It feels great,” Riordan said.

While it’s not the biggest pageant she’s ever participated in, the Louisa Ag Fair pageant is the one the 16-year-old said she has always aspired to win. Through the years, Riordan has won each age division of that contest.

The newly crowned 2014 Miss Louisa Ag Fair will now advance to the Miss Virginia Association of Fairs pageant at The Homestead on the second Saturday of January. Riordan is exceptionally happy to have another audience with which to share her message about why she participates in Relay for Life.

Her grandmother died of ovarian cancer three years ago after a hard-fought battle with the disease.  According to Riordan, doctors thought her grandmother had a urinary tract infection for quite some time before the diagnosis was made.

Ovarian cancer is often referred to as the “silent killer” and, according to Riordan, is fairly uncommon. More than 22,000 women are diagnosed with the disease annually and 14,000 die from it.

To read the entire story, see the July 24 edition of The Central Virginian.

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