The big stage in Little Rock for the Miss Arkansas State Fair pageant will have an ironic twist this Saturday night after the three southwest district finalists were determined in preliminaries on Monday.

The big stage in Little Rock for the Miss Arkansas State Fair pageant will have an ironic twist this Saturday night after the three southwest district finalists were determined in preliminaries on Monday.
Spring Hill’s Bailey Yocom, age 19, who is the reigning Miss Columbia County, will see the recently crowned Miss Southwest District Fair, Reagan Grubbs, age 21, across from her on Saturday.
The two being among 12 contestants statewide seeking to be the 2017 Miss Arkansas State Fair Queen.
Yocom emerged as Miss Columbia County, winning the title on Sept. 11; the first runner-up in that pageant to Yocum was none other than Grubbs.  It was Grubbs’ position as runner-up that, in turn, catapulted her into the Miss Southwest District Fair pageant as a finalist;  Grubbs, from Delight, was crowned in Hope on Sept. 26 emerging from a field of eight regional contestants.
The coincidences don’t end there.
Both Yocom and Grubbs are students at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. Yocom  is currently a sophomore pursuing a bachelor of Nursing degree, while Grubbs is a senior, majoring in agriculture business.
Both come from small towns, Yocom from Spring Hill, and Grubbs from Delight, and both have been honor students.
El Dorado’s Makenna Greer of Union County was the third finalist named from the southwest district, and she is also in the field of 12 with Yocom and Grubbs. The three from the southwest district will be joined from three finalists from the three other districts in state, southeast, northeast and northwest, to make up the overall field of 12.