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2013 Vidalia Onion Queens
Monday, 18 March 2013

March 18--  Forty contestants took part in the 36th annual Vidalia Onion Festival Beauty Pageant Saturday at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia.


Image (Front L-R) Little Miss Onion Sprout Carley Michelle Moxley, Little Miss Onion Seed Keeley Hall. (Back L-R) Miss Spring Onion Megan Dukes, Miss Vidalia Onion Rachel Hendrix and Junior Miss Vidalia Onion Ashton Craft.

A 2009 graduate of Robert Toombs Christian Academy who's now enrolled at Augusta State University is the 2013 Miss Vidalia Onion.

Rachell Hendrix says the title is something she's wanted for a long time, but was surprised to win.  The 22-year-old Queen is the daughter of David and Cindy Hendrix of Vidalia.

"Honestly, it could have been any of these lovely girls.  It's such an honor and something I've wanted for such a long time.  It means so much.  I love this area and I'm so happy to be able to represent this area as a role model," she said.

The Junior Miss Vidalia Onion is a freshman at Vidalia High School, 15-year-old Ashton Craft, 15-year-old daughter of Ronald and Tammy Craft.

"I'm very surprised.  I just never thought I'd win, but I'm glad I did.  I did it all for my Poppa who's out there watching tonight, I did it all for him," Ashton said, referring to her grandfather James Thompson.

This year's Little Miss Onion Seed is three-year-old Keeley Hall, daughter of Zolby ajnd Brooke Hall;  Little Miss Onion Sprout is is Carley Michelle Moxley, seven-year-old daughter of Mendy Glisson and Calbe Moxley; and Miss Spring Onion is Megan Dukes, 13-year-old daughter of Greg and Lisa Dukes.

The pageant has been sponsored for the last 36 years by the Vidalia Charter Chapter, American Business Womens Association, headed by President Val Holton.

"We like to give back to the community.  It's a great opportunity for the girls.  The winner gets a $1,000 educational grant and we're real pleased that Rachel got it tonight," she said.

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