A one-time Miss Southwest District Fair Queen scored an early category victory at the Miss Arkansas Pageant as Reagan Grubbs, now completing as Miss Southern Arkansas University, was named as an Alpha award Lifestyle and Fitness winner in the Swimsuit competition on opening night Tuesday. The Miss Arkansas preliminaries were continuing Thursday night after the Friday edition of the Hope Star had gone to press.

A one-time Miss Southwest District Fair Queen scored an early category victory at the Miss Arkansas Pageant as Reagan Grubbs, now completing as Miss Southern Arkansas University, was named as an Alpha award Lifestyle and Fitness winner in the Swimsuit competition on opening night Tuesday after the Wednesday edition of the Hope Star had gone to press.
Within the Miss Arkansas preliminary competitions, the winners of the Alpha awards are generally first-year Miss Arkansas contestants, or newcomers. Joining Grubbs as an Alpha award winner Tuesday was Miss Lights of Delta Alexis Ungerank in Talent.
Grubbs was also named winner of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation’s Spirit of the Pageant Award, and awarded a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.
Ungerank was a double-winner Tuesday, also winning Tuesday’s Miss Arkansas Preliminary in Talent.  For her talent, Ungerank performed a musical theater dance to “Let Me Entertain You.”
Thursday’s preliminary competition was still in progress as the Friday edition of the Hope Star was preparing for press.
Grubbs, age 21, of Delight, is a well-known participant in county pageants throughout the southwest Arkansas region and punched her ticket to Little Rock as Miss Southern Arkansas University.
In an interview Monday night from Little Rock, Grubbs said “This has been an amazing experience, and there are 44 incredible women here. Anyone here would be an outstanding Miss Arkansas. I am blessed to be here on this journey.”
“It has been a very different experience from the many county and fair pageants I’ve been in; it has been so uplifting and empowering. It has been an incredible experience so far,” she said.
Her victory in Miss Southwest District Fair pageant last year put her on the map in Hope, where she paid tribute to her dad during her interview on stage, and she won the swimsuit competition.
“He inspires me. He had the courage to go back to school and start a new career in Nursing. It took a lot for him to do that,” Grubbs recalls.
Grubbs herself is a 2018 graduate of Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia in agriculture business, and she said she intends to pursue a Masters degree at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Grubbs emerged as the 2017 Miss Southwest District Fair Queen from a field of eight regional contestants in Hope in Sept. 2017. She was also named as the swimsuit winner at the same competition. She also competed as a finalist in the State Fair Queen pageant in October. Grubbs also won the Ashley Walthall Swimsuit award at the 2017 Miss Magnolia Pageant, where she finished first runner-up.
In addition to competing in fair pageants, Grubbs also won numerous awards for developing and raising livestock. At the Arkansas State Fair, Grubbs actually won as Reserve Grand Champion in Commercial Ewe and multiple awards in the sheep breed.
“I really have the best of both worlds. I don’t mind getting up on a pageant stage in evening gown or swimsuit, but the next day, I am just as likely to be building a fence in blue jeans. I love being around animals, being active an being outdoors. It is part of who I am just as the pageant world is.”