Katelyn Robinson named
GOLDEN HILL — Miss Outdoors 2017 Katelyn Robinson began her reign Friday night, Feb. 24, on the opening night of the National Outdoor Show.
Robinson, 22, is the daughter of Cherie and Damien Robinson of Cambridge. She is a first-year pre-kindergarten teacher at Maple Elementary
School and a class of 2012 graduate of Cambridge-South Dorchester High School.
She earned her degree in early childhood education from Salisbur y University, graduating cum laude in 2016. A master’s degree is her next goal, and then it will be on to her doctorate.
In her spare time, Robinson enjoys singing, fishing and crabbing.
For her talent, Robinson sang “Jealous of the Angels” by Jenn Bostic.
The BIG question for this year’s finalists was, “If you are crowned Miss Outdoors 2017, what would you do to encourage other young women to enter the pageant?”
Robinson answered by expressing her desire to create the incredible memories and friendships she has witnessed in other Miss Outdoors winners, including her sister, and how she hopes to experience that for herself and be able to inspire other young women to participate as she has been inspired.
Katherine Bradshaw won the talent competition and was named first runner-up. Samantha Simmons was named second-runner up.
Carleigh Fraley won the honor of Miss Congeniality, a title that is determined by a vote among the contestants.
Outgoing Miss Outdoors Allyson Adams delivered an emotional farewell speech. She gave heartfelt thanks to many of the show’s organizers, her parents, her best friend Miss Outdoors 2014 Lauren Cameron, and master of ceremonies Buddy Foxwell, whose encouragement inspired her to compete a third time.
“I never truly understood how fast a year goes by until I won this pageant,” Adams said. “As my reign as Miss Outdoors comes to an end, I can’t help but reflect on what an unforgettable year it has been. I have experienced so many new and exciting things that I never would have had the opportunity to experience otherwise.”
Miss Cameron Parish and a delegation from the sister city of Cameron Parish, La. — home of the Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival — also were introduced.
Miss Cameron Parish 2017 is Savanna Boudreaux, and the Junior Miss Fur Festival Queen is Maeleigh Conner.
The National Outdoor Show crowned its pageant winners Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25. Front row from left, 2016 Little Miss Jayden Anders, 2017 Little Miss Makenzie Hayden, 2017 Little Mister Karsten Scheele, 2016 Little Mister Gavin Fitzhugh. Back row from left, 2017 Miss Cameron Parish Savanna Boudreaux, 2017 Miss Outdoors Katelyn Robinson, 2017 Junior Miss Fur Queen Maeleigh Conner.
First runner-up and talent winner Katherine Bradshaw, left, Miss Outdoors 2017 Katelyn Robinson and second runner-up Samantha Simmons stand together at the 2017 National Outdoor Show Friday, Feb. 24, in Golden Hill.
The 2017 National Outdoor Show featured dozens of exhibitors and vendors with all sorts of goods for sale. Informational displays also were set up.
Miss Congeniality Carleigh Fraley in her evening gown at the 2017 National Outdoor Show Friday, Feb. 24, in Golden Hill.
Miss Outdoors 2017 Katelyn Robinson sings “Jealous of the Angels” for the talent competition at the 2017 National Outdoor Show Friday, Feb. 24, in Golden Hill.