As I sit here and reflect on this past year, I am truly grateful and honored to represent my hometown. I am your 2017-2018 Barnesville Pumpkin Festival Queen, Alana Trigg. I have traveled 12,285 miles, while traveling to 88 festivals and events. Yes, you read that correctly over 12,000 miles! It would be equivalent to if you could drive to the center of Egypt and back!

It was a great honor to be crowned the first, second generation pumpkin Queen, behind my mom Tonya. Without this opportunity, I wouldn’t have been able to travel to some of the places in our great state of Ohio.

Some of my favorite places I have traveled to include: Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival where I visited a speakeasy where Al Capone used to hang out, Chillicothe’s Feast of the Flowering Moon where I rode paddle boats, danced with Native Americans, and even fed a tiger! Also at the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival I even hiked up a muddy hill and woods in an evening gown and heels to see a beautiful cave! I enjoyed the many delicious foods from the festivals such as: Strawberry Shortcake from Newark Strawberry, Melon Ice Cream from Milan, Sweet Corn at Millersport, Bratwurst Cupcakes from Bucyrus, and my favorite, pulled pork just about everywhere I’ve went! Not only did I travel to festivals and parades, but I also did some volunteer work with: the Haven, Barnesville Schools, Hospice of Guernsey County, Barnesville Summer Lunch Program, Toys for Tots, Belmont County animal shelter, and random acts of kindness. I have gained so many friendships this year that I will forever cherish. I’ve also enjoyed getting closer to my court, traveling with Princess Kiara, Mini-Miss Ella, and also Ambassador Jade.

I have met so many new people along the way, gaining friendships and telling everyone about our beautiful town, county and festival. This opportunity has helped me better my public speaking skills, poise, character, and appreciation to Barnesville and our great state of Ohio!

I participated in the Miss Ohio parade and have grown my own pumpkins to be used at the luncheon this year.

Thank you to my family and friends who have made this experience possible, especially my Mom for being my coach and for driving me all those miles and my dad for putting on all my charms and being my financial supporter! I have dreamt of being queen since I was a little girl and having so many little girls look up to me now was such a humbling experience that I will never forget.

I have always been taught to appreciate every opportunity and give all that I have with everything that I do. I have thought of that in every aspect of my reign this year. I am and forever will be the 2017-2018 Barnesville Pumpkin Festival Queen Alana Riley Trigg.