The Houston County and Peach County Forestry Queens were crowned at the annual pageant held Nov. 29 on the campus of Middle Georgia State College in Cochran.
Both titles are preliminary pageants to the Miss Georgia Forestry, which is held in June every year. The state pageant is divided with the teen and miss categories held on one weekend and the other categories for younger girls held on another weekend. Because of the importance of forestry to the state’s economy -- timber is Georgia’s No. 1 cash crop -- the forestry queens stay busy with appearances and promoting their individual platforms.
Based on the Miss Georgia pageant system, the forestry queens compete in evening gown, interview, speeches and onstage question.
Darlyn Davis was crowned Miss Houston County Forestry. Other winners in the Houston County Forestry pageant were: Stella Mills, Teen; Kandice Lumpkin, Junior; Lily Barfield, Little; Hannah Bailey, Tiny; and Abigail Case, Teeny.
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In the Miss Peach County Forestry the winners were: Lexie Cowan, Teen; Shania Thomas, Junior; MaCayla Moody, Little; and Zanah White, Tiny.
Davis, who is a senior at Veterans High School, is active in FFA at Veterans High School and raises bees for her FFA project.
“I am really looking forward to telling people more about forestry and more about beekeeping,” said Davis, who will be speaking and making appearances during her year as a forestry queen.
Davis said that forestry and bees are a natural fit, since natural honeybees use trees, depending on the shape and body, as hives. Beekeepers such as Davis use tree products for manmade hives.
Currently, Davis has four colonies with about 200,000 bees.
“If honeybees didn’t have enough trees to make hives, they wouldn’t survive,” Davis said. “Bees pollinate 80 percent of our crops so it is about more than just honey.”
Davis wants to spend the next year making people aware of the importance of both forestry and bees.
“Forestry is an industry that is very important, we just don’t always realize it. It is very important to the economy of our state.
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