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Surprise proposal caps emotional pageant

Posted: Thursday, Apr 18th, 2013

TENNERTON It was quite a day for the Thorne family on Sunday. The 2012 Strawberry Queen, Sarah Thorne, accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend just after taking her final walk as queen at the West Virginia Strawberry Festival Teen and Queen Pageant. Moments later, her sister, Eva Leigh-Ann Thorne, 17, was crowned Teen Queen.

The two sisters would leave the pageant, one with a ring and the other with a crown.

Hannah Noel McComas, 20, of Ripley was named Queen-elect from an eight-contestant field. McComas is a self-employed hairdresser.

I am speechless right now, she said minutes after being named Queen-elect.

McComas said she came to the festival last year and is very excited to return to Buckhannon this year as the reigning queen.

Eva Thorne experienced much of the festival as the younger sister of the Strawberry Queen last year.

For the complete article see the 04-19-2013 issue.

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