The princess becomes the queen

The princess becomes the queen

by Eric A Thomas

Every year during the first weekend of August, the community of Alsey gathers to celebrate. Forty years ago, they crowned Cindy Fryman Ryan the first Miss Alsey. This year, they took a former princess and made her their queen.

The day began with the traditional burgoo kettle service followed by the annual parade. Throughout the day, spectators enjoyed each other’s company at the community park, and the picnic culminated with the crowning of Miss Alsey. After being crowned Little Miss in 2008 and Junior Miss in 2015, Karsyn Wardlow is once again proudly wearing a crown and sash as she represents the Scott County community, this time as Miss Alsey.

As for additional 2021 royalty, Mayra Moore was crowned Little Miss, TJ Fearneyhough won the title of Little Mister and Maci Peterson was crowned Junior Miss. Together, the Alsey court will attend events throughout their reign in Central Illinois to promote the good name of the community they represent. Their next appearance to support another Scott County community is at the Glasgow Picnic on September 4. They will also be in other parades in the area. Noteworthy events in Alsey, such as the Fall Festival put on by Alsey Baptist Church on October 10, will also be on their calendar.

Since Wardlow was a little girl, she has been very supportive of anything regarding Veterans. Her grandpa, Charles “Chuck” Roberts, is a Vietnam Veteran, and as a little girl she marched with him as he represented the United States Color Guard. “Growing up, I have always been right there by my grandpa’s side to support any event regarding Veterans. It is important that I continue that support as Miss Alsey,” states Wardlow.

Wardlow will be a senior this fall at Winchester High School (WHS). During her high school career, she has been active in volleyball, cheerleading, Kiwanis Key Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In addition to school activities, she has been active with tumbling through Stevens School of Dance and dancing through Emily’s Dance Studio. Her 14 years of dance training has exposed her to a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and hip-hop. She counts jazz as her favorite and hopes dance will continue in her future.

Once she graduates from WHS in 2022, she plans on attending college with the goal of becoming a neonatal nurse. She is the daughter of Heather Wardlow of Winchester, the granddaughter of Charles and the late Shirley Roberts of Alsey and Gene Ray Dawdy of Jacksonville. Her Alsey roots run deep as she is the great-granddaughter of the late Mancel and Geneva Wilson from Alsey. 

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