Jones, Smith named finalists at state competition

Miss Southwest, Jr. Miss Hempstead score big in Little Rock

By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
A pair of recently crowned queens from the region made their presence felt at the State Fair Queen pageant in Little Rock over the weekend. Both Miss Southwest District Jordan Jones, of Pike County and Jr. Miss Hempstead Gracie Smith would be named finalists in their respective categories.
In a statement released after the pageant, Suzi Powell, who is the director of both the Southwest District pageant and the Miss Hempstead County pageant, said “I am super proud of the Southwest district counties. They did a phenomenal job at the state fair. Big shout out to Jr. Miss Hempstead Gracie Smith and Miss Southwest District Jordan Jones for advancing to the finals Saturday night.”
Back on September 25, Jordan Jones had emerged as the new Miss Southwest District Fair Queen, after sweeping nearly every category, and leaving little doubt that she would succeed outgoing Reagan Grubbs, who was also a finalist in the 2017 State Fair pageant.
Jones won Miss Congeniality, Most Photogenic, Best Interview, and Best Swimsuit on her way to victory that night.
Two weeks before, also in Hope’s Fair Park Coliseum, it was Gracie Smith, who won the night being crowned as Jr. Miss Hempstead. From a field of four that night, Smith also swept all categories, including Most Photogenic, Best Dressed, Interview, and Sportswear, in which she wore her cheerleader’s uniform.

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