The weather was glorious for the first evening of activities for the 2022 Coshocton County Hot Air Balloon Festival. Although scheduled tethered balloon rides had to be canceled due to windy conditions, several balloons took off.
The Queen’s pageant was held at the grandstand. Two young women were vying for the title of queen – Hailey Tubbs and Cassadee Woodward-Wells. They were each judged on a speech, a private interview and a question posed to them on stage. After the contest, Tubbs was chosen as the queen of the 2022 hot air balloon festival.
“I really love touring the community. I remember being little and seeing girls in their cute dresses and thought it would be a great opportunity to inspire other girls. I want to be a good role model and influence them to do good things in their community,” Tubbs said.
“It’s the first time I’ve tried something like this. I was very nervous, but I overcame my fear and I’m really glad I gave it a try.
Tubbs said the hardest part of preparing for the contest was preparing your speech. “It was timed, and Mom and I kept practicing and timing it until it was the right one.” The speech was to be about her and her school and community activities. She’s a senior at Coshocton High School.
When asked how she would describe the hot air balloon festival to others, she replied, “I would tell them it’s a fun and free event. That there are lots of activities, great food, fireworks and it’s a great family activity.”
Woodward-Wells just graduated. She was homeschooled and graduated from River View. “I thought it would be a great experience to represent Coshocton County. I’m not sure I learned from that experience, but I know I’m still not good at public speaking.
She said she was very nervous about the competition. “It was difficult to prepare to go on stage and talk to people.” She wants to be a photojournalist. “I would tell everyone this is a family experience and a great way to make memories.”
The kiddie rides and numerous food stalls were popular stops for families waiting for the balloons to take off.
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