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Mooreland crowns unique brand of royalty

New Mooreland Fair Queen Jordan Flynn strikes a pose with Karley Mawk, who was selected princess, during a ceremony Saturday night. Photo courtesy Anita Irvin

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

Don’t let the beauty and cuteness fool you. Royalty is made of tough stuff in Mooreland these days.

Consider the reigning Mooreland Fair Queen, Sydnie Dawn Kirk, works as a welder in Wilkinson as she makes money to attend Ivy Tech in hopes of some day becoming a physical therapy assistant.

Or Blue River Valley sophomore Jordan Flynn, crowned Saturday night as the new queen, who says she plans to become a mortician.

Or the 2018 princess, Nahla Walker, who loves to make slime, skate and listen to Queen – not the Queen of England, but the iconic rock group. Nahla did not need roller skates to put her crown on Karley Mawk, named the 2019 Princess.

Saturday night, all of the above played a role in putting a sparkling exclamation point on the 80th Mooreland Free Fair.

Surrounded by beautiful flowers and serenaded by Rick Webb, the evening was a dream come true for the winners.

Flynn, sponsored by Young Moderns, remembers when she was all about Disney princesses growing up. Now she’s a queen.

“It was the theme of my bedroom at one point,” she said. “I loved the Disney princesses. I was a princess candidate here when I was little.”

The Blue River Valley sophomore is perhaps already busier than the Queen of England. She is in track and cheerleading at BRV and, since there is no girls soccer team there, plays that sport in Hagerstown. She is also part of the award-winning Viking Fury Color Guard.

Flynn says she wouldn’t have her lifestyle be any other way.

“I definitely think it’s important to be in as many activities as you can in high school, because it goes by so fast,” she said.

A daughter of Doug and Krista Flynn, the new queen has some unique career aspirations. She’d like to attend either Ball State or Notre Dame and one day become a mortician.

As she vacated her crown as queen, Kirk, a 2019 Blue River graduate, said one of the joys of wearing it was the reaction of younger girls. In fact, princess candidates enjoyed demonstrating how to “curtsy” before this year’s talent contest.

“It’s been great to see the little girls look up to me,” Kirk said. “It’s like the biggest thing in the world to them.”

That’s what her successor is already looking forward to with her reign.

“I’m excited to come back next year and announce all of the girls,” she said. “I’m just really surprised, but really happy.”

Megan Mills, a daughter of Julie and Allen Mills, was named Miss Congeniality and was third runner-up. She was sponsored by S & S Construction.

“I know all of these girls,” Mills said. “They are all so nice and such good people. They deserved this as much as I. It made me very happy that they thought of me this way.”

First runner-up in the queen contest was Bailey Guffey, a daughter of Melissa & James Dammarell and Donald Guffey. She was sponsored by Rose City Bowl.

Second runner-up was Hannah Belcher, a daughter of Adam and Teri Henderson. She was sponsored by the Mooreland South Christian Church.

Karley Mawk, the new princess, is a daughter of Donna Mawk. She was sponsored by the South Christian Church in Mooreland.

Zoe Parsley, first runner-up, is a daughter of Tim Spurlock and Erica Brammer. She was sponsored by Young Moderns.

Anna Edwards, second runner-up, is a daughter of Nathan and Alissa Edwards. She was sponsored by the First Christian Church CWU in Mooreland.

Addie Jarvis, third runner-up, is a daughter of Rusty and Chelsea Jarvis. She was sponsored by the Mooreland Friends Church.