Campbellsville — Shelby Stringer, a junior from Liberty, who attends Liberty’s First Baptist Church, was crowned as Campbellsville University’s Valentine’s Day Queen at the Annual Valentine’s Pageant Feb. 11 in Ransdell Chapel.
The 2016 Valentine Queen, Kendall Riddle, from Fern Creek, handed Stringer the crown. Stringer represented Church Outreach, an outreach organization that travels around the Commonwealth of Kentucky to lead church services and advance the Kingdom of God.
Stringer is the daughter of Barry and Susan Stringer, both Campbellsville graduates. She is a 2014 graduate of Casey County High School.
Stringer is familiar with the pageant life, but this pageant was particularly special to her.
“This pageant wasn’t like any other pageant I had ever been in,” she said. “I think it meant so much to me because Campbellsville has done so much for me since I came here. Campbellsville University has blessed me with so many opportunities and it’s an honor to represent the university.”
The 2017 Valentine Queen will go on to compete in a regional pageant, The Mountain Laurel Festival, with many other young women from other universities around Kentucky.
The Best Talent Award and Miss Congeniality Award went to Sarah Fanning of Versailles, where she attends New Hope Baptist Church. Representing the Art Club, Fanning painted as her talent.
The daughter of Stuart and Raemal Fanning of Versailles, she is a graduate of Woodford County High School.
Shelby Stringer wins the 2017 Campbellsville University Valentine’s Day Pageant. (Photo by Tomomi Sato)