Lamb, a senior at Exeter Union High, was sponsored by the Exeter Woman’s Club
Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12
EXETER – Chloe Lamb was crowned as 2019’s Miss Exeter Monday night, kicking off the city’s annual week of Fall Festival.
“I feel completely overwhelmed, this is such a great honor,” Lamb said after her coronation.
At the annual Miss Exeter Coronation, hosted at Faith Tabernacle, the Miss Exeter candidates answered questions and strutted in a fashion show. The evening was moderated by Charlie Norman, the fire chief of the Tulare County Fire Department and the emcee of the coronation for 21 years.
Hannah Lentz spoke to the candidates about how special it was for her to be last year’s Miss Exeter.
“Serving as Miss Exeter made me step out of my comfort zone and grow as a person,” Lentz said.
During the Q&A, each candidate was asked a random question drawn from a bowl. Lamb was asked what the most challenging part is of competing for Miss Exeter.
“Competing for Miss Exeter really pushed my limits, I had to step out of my comfort zone,” Lamb said. “I am now a more confident and social person after this experience.”
Lamb was sponsored by the Exeter Woman’s Club. She is also involved with the Exeter Kiwanis Key Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After attending a four-year university and graduate school, she plans to pursue a career in nutrition and dietetics.
The glory of Miss Exeter extends beyond the crown and a spot in the fall festival parade. Lamb was awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Exeter Chamber of Commerce. Lamb and her court also received a slew of gift certificates from just about every Exeter business.
The runner-up was Megan Robbins, who was sponsored by the Exeter Outdoors Association and is a devoted Exeter FFA member.
The road to Miss Exeter is a long one, building up to the coronation. The candidates are judged on the interviews, essays and presentations for their sponsors, raffle ticket sales, the coronation Q&A, personality and poise, school and community involvement and overall participation.
The candidates had to put together two outfits for a fashion show. The first was a parade of fall-inspired looks and the second was a series of costumes put together with items from Pink Ladies Thrift Shop.
The judges for Miss Exeter were Frankie Alves; Exeter City Council member, Tim Hire; Tulare County Superintendent of Schools, Mary Waterman-Philpot; Exeter mayor, and Pamela Whitmire; 1974 Miss Exeter and member of the Exeter Planning Commission.
Monday night’s festivities also included a dinner and a raffle drawing for the coronation attendees.