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You could say the third time is the charm for Brook Curry.
Brook, 18, was crowned Miss Casey County Apple Festival on Saturday night after entering only her third pageant ever.
However, the results of the other two weren’t shabby by any means — she was first runner-up in the same pageant last year, and also first runner-up in last year’s Casey County Junior Miss scholarship program.
“My mom may have put me in some baby pageants, but I don’t remember then,” she said with a laugh.
Brook, a 2011 CCHS graduate who is now a freshman at Western Kentucky University, took the title from among 12 other contestants, which included young women from both in-county and out-of-county.
Brook was number 6 among the participants, and said she liked the placement of being in the middle.
The girls competed in a judges interview prior to the on-stage competition, which was in both swimsuits and evening gowns. Brook said the swimsuit was her least favorite part, while she liked wearing the gown.
“I really like evening gown. I love to get dressed up,” she said.
Brook will get the opportunity to dress up more, as she will represent the Apple Festival at the Kentucky County Fairs Pageant in January, which will be held in Louisville.
“I’m excited and nervous about that, but mostly excited,” she said.
The new Miss Casey County Apple Festival returned to Bowling Green on Monday, where she attends classes at WKU. She has not declared a major, but she knows what career path she wants to pursue.
“I want to be a horse vet,” Brook said.
Brook — the daughter of Michael and Becky Monday of Liberty, and Troy and Leah Curry of Greensburg — owns a 4-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse named Roxy.
Although she’s not shown Roxy in any horse shows, because she’s not registered, Brook got some experience this summer in showing horses.
“I volunteered at a horse barn over the summer and I kept Roxy with me over there,” she said. “We went to shows over the summer and I rode show horses there.”
Brook rode for Red Fern Stables in Campbellsville, where she earned one first-place and two second-place finishes over the summer.
“I’ve always liked horses,” she said, adding her grandfather in Green County was a horse trainer.
Brook also enjoys tennis, and played for Casey all four years of high school. She advanced to the state tennis tournament in singles competition her senior year.
She doesn’t play competitively at Western, but said she plays when she gets the opportunity and notes there are several girls in her dorm that she has played against over the years.
Brook was also a co-recipient of the Miss Photogenic award at Saturday night’s pageant, along with Brittany Cloyd, 17, of Paris.
Raven Hatter, 19, of Liberty, was first runner-up. The daughter of Mike and Rhonda Hatter, she is a sophomore at Eastern Kentucky University.
Second runner-up went to Chelsea Daugherty, 18, daughter of Patrick and LeeAnn Daugherty of Butler County. She is a student at Murray State University.
Paige Young, 17, of Burkesville, took home third runner-up honors. She is the daughter of Greg and Arlene Young and is a junior at Cumberland County High School.