Miss Pleasant Township Paige Snyder was named the 60th Tomato Festival Queen Sunday evening at the Henry County Fair.
“I’m very excited right now,” Snyder said. “I’m going back to Columbus all enthusiasm.
“I worked really hard for this, I practiced a lot,” she continued. “I think the biggest thing is you have to have confidence in yourself. If you do, then it really puts you up at the top.”
Snyder added that confidence was necessary for her to go on stage during the pageant.
“You’re going out in front of all of Henry County,” Snyder said. “It’s getting up here and doing it and just not overthinking it — just relaxing and being yourself because that’s what the judges want to see.”
A 2017 graduate of Holgate High School, Snyder graduated summa cum laude and was in the top five in her class. While in high school, she participated in basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, choir, theater and National Honor Society and was recognized by the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary for scoring the highest grade in the Americanism and Government Program her senior year. In addition, Snyder tutored elementary students, was an active member in her church’s youth group serving the parish mission trip and participated on the girls CYO basketball team. Snyder was a member of the Pleasant Ridge 4-H Club for nine years and also served as a Henry County 4-H Camp Counselor for four years.
Snyder worked at J.A.D. Machine Co. and took two college courses this summer. This fall, she will attend The Ohio State University to pursue a degree in health information management and systems, with a minor in integrative approaches to health and wellness. She is a member of Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society and is on the dean’s list.
Snyder, who is the daughter of Keith and Michelle Snyder, receives a $3,500 scholarship courtesy of Campbell Soup Co. During the pageant, she was sponsored by New Bavaria V.F.W. Post #8847.
Snyder said her favorite part of participating in the pageant was meeting all of the contestants, noting that while many of them live within 10-15 minutes of each other, they hadn’t met prior to the summer.
“You just make friendships with people you didn’t think you would,” she added. “It was just overall a great experience.”
Snyder was also named Miss Congeniality during the pageant and will receive a $100 scholarship.
First runner-up was Miss Freedom Township Audrey Wiemken, and she will receive a $1,375 scholarship. Wiemken was also named Miss Tomato Pretty. Second runner-up was Miss Bartlow Township Claire Seedorf, and she will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Third runner-up was Miss Monroe Township Sarah Kurtz, who receives a $750 scholarship. The best escort award/tomato king was Logen Schwiebert.