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Clark improves one step up to earn fair crown

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By Mike Farner

BERNHEIM - "One step up" was a slogan that worked very well for Kindra Danielle Clark on the first night of the 2009 Bullitt County Fair.

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The runner-up in the Miss Bullitt County Fair pageant a year ago, Clark woke up Monday morning wanting to have fun and also improving one spot over a year ago in the top beauty competition for the week.

Mission accomplished.

Under the pavilion in front of a few hundred on-lookers, Clark dazzled the three judges enough to take the title from five other girls.

"This morning the idea was to have fun," Clark said as she was congratulated by family members after getting the crown. "I've participated for a number of years. I just shoot for the top five. I was first runner-up last year so I wanted to beat that this year."

This was the fourth time that Clark had competed in the Miss Bullitt County Fair pageant. She has also been Miss Mount Washington in both 2006 and 2008 and this past winter was the winner of the 2009 American Dream Model Search at the Carl Casper Auto Show.

"I love to get dressed up," Clark said with a big smile. "Beauty pageants are great. They are a great hobby to get into."

One of her goals in life is to create a foundation for young girls who cannot afford dresses for proms and pageants.

Clark is the 19-year old daughter of Debbie and Jack Clark of Mount Washington. She is a 2008 graduate of Bullitt East who now attends Eastern Kentucky University. She is working on a Communication degree and hopes to move into Pharmaceutical Sales.

Monday night's competition started an hour before the girls moved to the pavilion with each of the six contestants meeting one-on-one with the three judges. Once the competition shifted to the pavilion, there was a swim suit portion before the contest ended with the girls in evening wear.

"The nervous part for me is the swim suit," Clark said. "I'm not used to wearing a one-piece."

With her experience, Clark felt she did well in the interview portion of the competition.

"I thought the interview went great," the 5-7, 115-pound blonde said. "I think I'm outgoing. I just sat back like I was talking with my parents."

Clark gave credit to both of her parents for their support in everything she does. She also has an older brother, 24-year old B.J. Clark.

The 2009 Miss Bullitt County Fair Pageant had only six competitors, the lowest turn out in a long time, but Clark didn't think that made it any easier to win. In fact, it might have made it more difficult to stand-out in a tight field.

"I think all the girls were unique in their own way," Clark pointed out. "I wished them the best of luck. I would hate to be a judge in that situation."

After her name was called, Clark was crowned by the 2008 Miss Bullitt County Fair, Danielle Dafler, who presented her with a trophy, flowers and a sash as well as the crown.

"She congratulated me and she said she hopes the next year will be a great year for me," Clark said of the words from Dafler. "She said it will be great no matter what spot I finish (in the Kentucky State Fair pageant)."

Clark was sponsored by Michelle's Hair and Nail Salon.

Because there were only six contestants this year, each of the girls was part of the final awards. After the first four girls were honored, Clark and Kayla Eileen Reynolds walked to the front of the group for the final announcement.

Reynolds, the 16-yer old daughter of David and Kristin Reynolds, was the first runner-up. She attends Bullitt Central and is part of the Co-Ed Cheerleading program. She hopes to one day be a dentist. Reynolds was sponsored by Smith Concrete.

The second runner-up was Shelby Lynn Daugherty, the 18-year old daughter of Tara and Kevin Daugherty who is a student at IU-Southeast. She was sponsored by KWD Restorations.

Kandace Dawn Burton was the third runner-up. She is the 18-year old daughter of Tim and Kristal Stillwell and will be a student at Western Kentucky University in the fall. She was sponsored by the Bullitt County Veterinary Center.

The fourth runner-up was Brianna Marie Haynes, the 18-year old

daughter of Kim and Tim Jones. She is a student at Jefferson Community College and was sponsored by Mount Washington Family Dental.

Shelby Lynn Miles was the fifth runner-up. Miles is the 16-year old daughter of Jimmy and Paru Miles. She is a student at Bullitt Central.