Miss Neshoba County 2012 Krissy Winstead
Miss Neshoba County 2012 Krissy Winstead
Helping cut the ribbon on the new Neshoba County General Hospital last month was among the highlights of Krissy Winstead's reign as the 2012 Miss Neshoba County.

A sophomore at East Central Community College, Krissy's reign will come to an end tonight when a new Miss Neshoba County is crowned for 2013.

Krissy will not only crown her successor, she will entertain during the pageant. She will sing "Me and My Guitar," a song she wrote.

Besides the beauty and beau pageant at her high school, last year's pageant was a first for this busy teenager.

While working at Faulkenbery Bridal, Krissy saw all the excitement other contestants had shopping for the right gown to wear in the pageant.

She soon decided to enter the pageant as well.

A former state and national officer with the Future Business Leaders of America, Krissy's number one goal was to win the interview portion of the pageant.

When judges asked her what famous person she would like to have dinner with, Krissy quickly answered Loretta Lynn.

Like Lynn, Krissy is a singer-songwriter.

Krissy was overjoyed when her name was called on stage as the interview winner.

"I got exactly what I wanted," she said.

She never dreamed there would be more!

Krissy was named a top eight contestant and then ultimately crowned Miss Neshoba County 2012.

"I was never so surprised," she said. "I never thought I would cry, but I did. I cried like a big baby."

The first thing she saw was her father jumping from his seat and screaming.

She was quickly joined on stage by her parents, Stephany and Richard Winstead, and "the crew" from Faulkenbery Bridal.

"My family and I never imagined we would have such an honor," she said of her title win.

In the hours leading up to the pageant, Krissy stayed on the phone with her cousin, Amy Barnett Dearman, a former Miss Neshoba County.

"I was so nervous all day," Krissy said. "After I got my hair and makeup done, there was a two-hour wait between the interview and the pageant."

Her nervousness really kicked in on the ride to the grandstand.

"When I went through the gate, it hit me," she said.

Krissy encourages girls to enter the Miss Neshoba County pageant.

"It will strengthen their confidence in everything they do," she said.

Krissy has enjoyed getting to know the girls in tonight's pageant.

Choosing a winner will not be an easy task, she said.

"It's an amazing group of girls," Krissy said.

"They are all so beautiful and talented. I wouldn't even try to pick a winner."

She expressed appreciation to pageant director Gail Clark, noting that she does a great job in the annual Fair production.