Kenley Connell took home the queen’s crown after winning the title during the Florida Strawberry Festival Queen pageant, on Saturday, Jan. 22.
She was one of 24 girls vying for the crown at the festival fairgrounds.
The ladies had to perform during a custom-made commercial, a casual wear competition as well as an evening gown competition.
Miss Congeniality was announced, and the contestants were narrowed down to 10 semifinalists, who had to answer the following: “The Strawberry Queen should have a servant’s heart. How would you demonstrate in serving the community or while helping others?”
It ultimately came down to the Top 5 contestants. Aside from Kenley, Madison Davis became the First Maid, while Tamia Williams, Chloe Hopper, and Bailey Blanton became court members.
Throughout the year, the ladies will make over 80 appearances. However, their biggest appearances could arguably be during the 11-day Florida Strawberry Festival in March, which brings in not only Floridians, but visitors from across the nation.
The festival will take place from Thursday, March 3 to Sunday, March 13.