Scenes from the 2017 Jackson County Fair

Miss Jackson County McKayla Gilbertson takes a photo during the Miss Jackson County Coronation Tuesday night at the Lunda Theater.

Just before the start of the Jackson County Fair, McKayla Gilbertson was named the new Miss Jackson County and a new court was ushered in.

When she wasn’t attending to her royal duties, Kayla was showing off the pigs and sheep she had raised, something that she said helped prepare her for being Miss Jackson County.

The title was a dream come true for Gilbertson, a Jackson county native who grew up watching the pageants and knew many of the women who came before her, hoping one day to hear her name called and a sash draped around her neck.

“I’ve always wanted to be on the court, so to win was really great,” Gilbertson said.

The crowning was the result of a lot of hard work on her part as she said how much time and effort she put into her interview and portfolio.

Now the real work comes for Gilbertson though as she takes over the Miss Jackson County duties for herself.

There were no nerves as she stepped into her role as Gilbertson said she has a pretty active fair family and was already used to the environment.

“[The previous court] told us to just have fun and try to make the most of it, so that’s what I’m trying to do,” Gilbertson said.

Cassie Olson, the program director for Miss Jackson County, has said not only Gilbertson, but the court as a whole, has been off to a great start with their go-getter attitude.

“It’s definitely easier for [Gilbertson] having that fair background and understanding what the schedule is like and those long days at the fair,” Olson said.

That experience definitely prepared Gilbertson for the road ahead, saying the experience of showing animals was definitely more nerve-wracking than being Miss Jackson County.

For those who want to go for Miss Jackson County next year, Gilbertson said it that it’s not that scary and there’s not much pressure.

There won’t be much rest for the court since they will have the Melrose Corn Broil this upcoming weekend as their next event.

Standing by Gilbertson’s side will be First Attendant Ashley Rush, Second Attendant Amber Gilbertson and Miss Congeniality Autumn Johnson.


Reporter for Jackson County Chronicle.

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