Purdue University graduate student Sara Alford added a third title to her resume after being named Miss Huntington 2013 on Saturday, March 23, at Central Christian Church in Huntington.
It was the second try for the Miss Huntington crown by the 22-year-old Wells County resident, who says she become involved in the pageant circuit at the urging of a friend and fellow Purdue student, Alli Harris.
"She's one of my best friends, and she got me excited about it," Alford says.
Harris, a 21-year-old Huntington resident, was also in the running for the Miss Huntington title, finishing second to Alford. In addition to being named first runner-up in the 2013 pageant, Harris also won the community service award.
Alford was named Miss Wells County 2010, a title that qualified her to compete for Indiana State Fair Queen - which she won in 2011. As state fair queen, Alford was in Huntington during the summer of 2011 to crown the Huntington County 4-H Royalty winner.
Alford has been active in both 4-H and FFA. While she doesn't have a family background in farming, she and her brother own a Boer goat farm.
She is currently in her first year of the master's program at Purdue University, West Lafayette, with plans for a career as a certified agronomist. A certified agronomist, she explains, gives farmers advice on the best methods to produce the best yields.
As Miss Huntington, Alford plans to promote a platform of "Sustainable Agriculture: Improve Ag Today, End Hunger Tomorrow."
Alford is the daughter of Russell and Jackie Alford.
Harris, the daughter of Ken and Bev Harris, is a senior at Purdue. She plans a career as a county Extension agent.
The second runner-up was Madison Kroh, a 19-year-old Ball State University freshman from Wabash County who plans to become a veterinary technician. Her parents are Steve and Lisa Kroh.
Alford won a $1,300 scholarship, among other prizes, and will compete in the Miss Indiana Pageant in June. It will be her first trip to that pageant, she says.
Harris received an $800 scholarship as first runner-up and an additional $100 scholarship for winning the community service award.
Kroh was awarded a $500 scholarship.
Also competing were Sydney Enyeart, a Wabash High School student from Wabash County; Karlee Mawhorter, a Ball State University freshman from Whitley County; and Ashley Price, a Wabash High School student from Wabash County.
Karlee Mawhorter is the sister of Kara Mawhorter, who was named Miss Huntington 2012 and returned to crown her successor. Kara Mawhorter was recently accepted into the master's program in speech pathology at Purdue University.
The Miss Huntington Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Huntington Optimist Club.