Ashley Aguilar, daughter of Alma Aguilar, was named the 2018-19 Hopkins County Fall Festival Cover Girl Saturday during intermission at the Dairyland Donkey Ball Tournament. Although, no contestant went home empty handed.
In addition to the title and sash, Aguilar went home with an award, bag of goodies, gift card and spray of flowers. She also will receive a $1,000 scholarship to apply toward college, where she said she would like to study to become a physical therapist.
“Ashley is the first Hispanic Cover Girl in the history of the event and the 15th winner from North Hopkins ISD,” said HCFF President Tracy Dennis.
Aguilar is the second consecutive North Hopkins ISD student to win the title. Breeanna Hicks, 2017-18 Cover Girl, is also a North Hopkins ISD student.
Contestant Dalena di Donato, daughter of Diana di Donato, went home with three awards, including the award for her parade.
Each contestant was required to participate in the Fall Festival Parade, entering individual floats depicting the seven events in which they were required to compete on Oct. 23 for the title — cow milking, calf scramble, saddling and mounting a horse, tractor obstacle course, hay stacking, sewing a pattern and cutting up a chicken. The Sulphur Bluff High School junior received a gift award at the donkey ball tourney Saturday
Di Donato was also recognized for selling the most tickets. Each contestant was tasked with selling at least 200 raffle tickets for $1 each for chances to win a $300 gift card, which helps fund the Cover Girl Scholarship every year. She sold more than 1,100 tickets, earning a gift award for her troubles and recognition.
Contestant Heather Bowen, daughter of Bambi and John Mark McAfee and Robert Bowen, won an award for her window display. Each girl was required to decorate a business window with items depicting all of the activities and events that were to take place during the Fall Festival. The display had to be ready the Friday the Fall Festival kicked off. The Sulphur Springs High School junior works at Something 4 Every Season, located in Windsor Plaza, where hers was displayed.
Contestant Kylie Murray received special recognition, a Hustle Award, voted on by the judges. The Sulphur Springs High School junior is the daughter of daughter of Jeff and Chelby Murray.