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Swindle earns Peach Queen crown

By Stephen Dawkins

Seven really was a lucky number for 2010 Miss Peach Queen Jessica Swindle.

The 18-year-old Jemison high grad estimated Thursday that she had been in a total of seven Peach Pageants in various age groups before finally winning a crown.

“I’m so honored. I can hardly believe it,” Swindle said moments after her name was called at Chilton County High School.

Her parents, Dwight and Madeline Swindle were ecstatic — and quite proud too.

“She’s worked for this since she was a little kid,” said Madeline Swindle.

Her dad added: “Anything she’s ever done, she has always put her best foot forward.”

Swindle said she looks forward to her upcoming journey as Miss Peach and representing Chilton County.

Durbin Farms Market sponsored Swindle. In the fall, she plans to enroll at Alabama A&M University and study telecommunications. She would like to be a meteorologist in the future.

Linlee Karn won the swimsuit portion of Thursday’s pageant. She was also named Miss Congeniality.

Swindle’s court includes first alternate Marisa Hilyer, second alternate Candace Pierce, third alternate Leigh Anna Shavers and fourth alternate Krisi Caudill.

Earlier in the week, Kaitlin Ray was crowned Junior Miss Peach, Leah Easterling was named Young Miss Peach and Gracie Owens was chosen as Little Miss Peach. All four girls will be on hand for this weekend’s Peach Fest activities, including the Peach Parade and Peach Auction on Saturday.