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Buckwheat Competition’s 81st Queen Ceres fulfills legacy

In 1988, Shannon Smith Wolfe was topped Queen Ceres XLVII of the forty seventh Buckwheat Competition. 34 years later, her daughter Autumn Wolfe has continued the legacy as Queen Ceres LXXXI on this 12 months’s 81st Buckwheat Competition.

Wolfe’s household has lived in Preston County for 9 generations and has been concerned within the Buckwheat Competition for the reason that very starting. Along with her crowning as Queen Ceres LXXXI, Wolfe has left her mark on one thing that’s each a part of her ancestry and the tradition of each Preston County resident.

“It’s my heritage. My mother positively impressed me to run. They’ve by no means had mother-daughter Queens in all 81 years till me and my mother. So it was actually enjoyable to be the primary,” Wolfe mentioned. “I’ve additionally actually beloved connecting with former courtroom members as a result of it’s like this golden string that ties us all collectively. Even should you barely know the individual, it’s such as you’ve identified one another your complete life.”

For her promotional speech in the course of the competitors, Wolfe sewed a monarch butterfly into the practice of her gown and clipped a monarch butterfly barrette into her hair — a logo that she associates along with her grandfather who handed away final August. 

“Monarch butterflies had been in all places, on me all day, whether or not it’s jewellery or one thing on my clothes,” mentioned Wolfe. “I put plenty of significance behind all the pieces I did.”

The Buckwheat Competition has been a routine all through Wolfe’s life, whether or not it’s displaying livestock for the previous seven years, taking part in in band performances, having fun with the carnival rides, or serving buckwheat muffins throughout pageant time — which takes the (buckwheat) cake as one in every of her favourite Buckwheat Competition reminiscences.

“It’s all the pieces to me, it’s like a vacation,” mentioned Wolfe. “You come again to high school and it’s the primary break, it’s like a reward for making it by way of the primary month and a half. I’ve all the time actually favored it.”

By her experiences as Queen Ceres LXXXI, Wolfe has had alternatives to type lifelong connections with the remainder of the Buckwheat Competition Royalty Courtroom, encourage and join along with her group, and be taught issues she is going to carry along with her lengthy after her reign as Queen Ceres has concluded.

One of many best classes of this expertise has been witnessing the Buckwheat Competition’s extraordinary affect on not solely Preston County natives but additionally people all through the state and past.

“I’ve actually favored speaking to folks in the neighborhood and seeing how a lot the Buckwheat Competition impacts individuals who aren’t even in Preston County,” mentioned Wolfe. “It’s not only a pageant that sticks round right here. Individuals who have grown up right here and moved away come again only for the pageant. It’s not simply us, it’s essential to everybody.”

As a senior at Preston Excessive College, Wolfe is a part of the varsity’s marching and jazz bands, and the Nationwide Honor Society, in addition to 4-H and the Preston County Livestock Affiliation. She is first within the state for the HOSA – Future Well being Professionals Medical Legislation & Ethics aggressive occasion.