Jade Christian Reigns As Old Settlers Queen


Jade Christian, daughter of Bill and Heidi Christian of Hillsboro, was crowned 2020 Old Settlers Queen during ceremonies on the big stage on the east side of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Hillsboro on Wednesday evening, Aug. 4.

The new queen also earned the title of Miss Photogenic, and after the coronation, was the $500 first prize winner in the raffle.

Before the coronation ceremony, she was driven up Main Street in the Queen’s Parade by her father.  She was crowned by 2019 Old Settlers Queen Caitlyn Howard, daughter of Josh and Stefanie Howard, and was driven in the parade by Devon Fuller.

“Thank you for coming and cheering on these beautiful girls,” Old Settlers Association President Mary Brown said to begin the coronation ceremony.  “Only one will be queen, but they all deserve a big round of applause for what they have done in a short amount of time.”

Chloee Kenny earned the first runner-up sash.  She is the daughter of Bill and Carol Kenny, and was driven in the parade by her father.  Joplin Hartman, daughter of Danielle Keith and the late Rodney Keith and Troy Little, earned Miss Congeniality.  She was driven by Louie Moore in the parade.

Also on the queen’s court were Sierra Rowe, daughter of Jeremy and Elvira Rowe, driven by Bary Mason; and Maressa Tarver, daughter of Scott Drew and Melanie Drew, driven by her step father.

Joining the court on stage were royalty crowned on Saturday: Little Miss Myrah Noyes, daughter of Robert and Stephanie Noyes, driven by Shawn Perkins; Little Mister Tripp Blevins, son of Mindy Blevins, driven by Kevin Rench; and Junior Miss Jenna Durbin, daughter of Travis and Kendra Durbin, driven by Jenny Milanos.

2019 Queen Caitlyn Howard, the only queen to have a two-year reign, said her good-byes before master of ceremonies Randy Prange announced raffle winners and visiting royalty introduced themselves.

Second prize of $250 went to Ethan Blankenship, first prize of $500 went to the newly crowned Queen Jade Christian, and the grand prize of $750 went to Tammy White.


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