Billiot crowned Senior Mrs Arkansas at State Fair competition

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Photo/ Submitted Pictured are: First runner up Cherie Hutchins from Prairie County, second runner up Rena Kelley from Cleburne County and 2020 Queen Sue Billiot from Sharp County.

State Fair Pageant winner Sue Billiot was recently crowned 2020 Senior Mrs Arkansas.

Billiot said this was her first year to compete, however, she has been serving in the Arkansas Fair Industry since 1999, serving on the Sharp County Fair Board directing the pageants in Sharp County for nearly two decades.

“For the last five to 10 years, people asked me to compete. This year, I finally did because it could be done virtually and I didn’t have to go out in public which was nice,” Billiot said.

Her competition began Sept. 18 when she and six other contestants submitted applications to compete in the open category as well as two videos which would be judged.

“We had to do two videos. One in evening gown and one in what is called fair attire, what you would wear to a fair. My husband filmed me here at home and we sent those off. I also had a judging virtually which was five minutes,” Billiot said.

Not long after she had submitted her application, videos and completed the judging, Billiot was notified she was a final contestant and would be traveling to Little Rock to compete against two other finalists.

“I was told I was one of three runners up. This was an open category, it was not a Sharp County title. On Oct. 24, I went to Little Rock and it was an experience of a lifetime. I never in my life thought I’d win a crown,” Billiot said.

When asked what the experience was like, Billiot said it was very rewarding and was something she will not forget.

“If you’ve thought about going and do it. It is a fun, life experience and it was really a different challenge for me because everything was virtual but I would recommend it to anyone who wants to try it. It is really rewarding to yourself,” Billiot said.

When asked about her involvement locally directing the Sharp County Fair pageants, Billiot said she takes great joy in helping area youth to succeed and realize their potential.

“I do it because of the kids. I love these kids and love seeing how they can go on and have a life, college tuition and all of the other things that comes when they win titles,” Billiot said.

In addition to her service to the community with the Sharp County Fair, Billiot is also active with the Sharp County Farm Bureau, Sharp County Fair Veterans’s Program, Both Central Arkansas District Fair Board and more.

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