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Ashley Figg, Hope Britton reign over festival

by Tom Chillemi

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The 2008 Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen Ashley Figg and Little Miss Spat Hope Britton (both, third from left) are joined by their court, which includes, back row from left, Miss Congeniality Katlin Major; second runner-up Kaytlyn Miller; Queen Ashley Figg; and first runner-up Savannah Williams. In the front row are the Little Miss Spat winners, from left, co-Little Miss Congeniality Colleen Rae; second runner-up Lyndsey Holmes; Little Miss Spat Hope Britton; first runner-up Alexis Davis; and co-Little Miss Congeniality Abigail Purcell. Click here for more photos.  (Photo by Tom Hardin)

Miss Ashley Figg was crowned Queen of the 51st Urbanna Oyster Festival on Friday and her partner, Hope Britton, was chosen Little Miss Spat.

As Oyster Festival Queen, Miss Figg will receive a $4,500 college scholarship. She also won the Academic Achievement Award which includes a $250 college scholarship. 

As Little Miss Spat, Miss Britton received a $150 savings bond.

Miss Figg is the daughter of Edwin Jr. and Deborah Figg of Hartfield, the granddaughter of Pauline Figg and the late Edwin Figg of Hartfield, and Lucius and Josephine Foster of Locust Hill. 

Miss Britton is a first-grader at Middlesex Elementary School. She is the daughter of Craig and Lyn Britton of Hartfield.

Queen’s court

Savannah Williams was the first runner-up for Festival Queen and received a $3,500 college scholarship. She is the daughter of Ron and Marjorie Williams of Urbanna.

The second runner-up in the Queen Competition was Kaytlyn Miller, who received a $2,500 scholarship. She is the daughter of Barry and Mitzie Miller of Deltaville.

Katlin Major was named Miss Congeniality and received a $1,000 scholarship.

She is the daughter of Tommy and Carol Major of Stormont.

Katrina Reed was judged to have the best overall community service project and received a $250 college scholarship. Miss Reed volunteered at the Middlesex Animal Shelter and held a fund-raising dog show in the Urbanna’s Taber Park.

Miss Alexis Davis was the first runner-up in the Little Miss Spat Competition and received a $100 savings bond. She is the daughter of Tracy and Ashley Davis of Urbanna.

Miss Lyndsey Holmes was second runner-up in the Little Miss Spat Competition and received a $75 savings bond. She is the daughter of Charles and Lynnette Holmes of Urbanna. 

Colleen Rae and Abigail Purcell tied for the title of Little Miss Congeniality. Each received a $50 savings bond.

Miss Purcell is the daughter of Terri Purcell and the late Tommy Purcell of Hardyville.

Miss Rae is the daughter of Scott and Sarah Rae of Urbanna.

The Queen and Little Miss Spat were chosen separately by judges who do not live in Middlesex County and have no prior knowledge of the contestants.

All the contestants rode in the festival parade on Saturday.

posted 11.12.2008

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