The Wayne County Fire Princess Pageant was held Saturday night at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Goldsboro. There were ten contestants competing for the title of 2020 Wayne County Fire Princess. With the strict rules regarding COVID-19, each contestant was only allowed to invite a few of their family members. As parents and guests came through the front doors, their temperature was checked and they had to be wearing a mask.
The pageant got underway at 7 p.m. with the contestants taking the stage and stating which fire department they were representing. The first part of the competition was talent, and all of the contestants creatively presented information on fire safety. A fifteen minute intermission followed the talent portion as the ten young ladies prepared for the second half of the show, which would be the evening gown display followed by a fire safety question from the 2019 Wayne County Fire Princess Morgan Gurley.
While the judges were finishing up their selection, Gurley presented her farewell address that honored one of Wayne County fallen firefighters. While trying to hold back her tears, Gurley talked about her dad as a firefighter and the many times that she was with him on fire calls. However, the special firefighter that she was referring to was New Hope Firefighter and Chief Donald Gray.
This marks the 46th year that the Wayne County Firefighters Association has held the Wayne County Fire Princess Pageant. When it started in 1975, Faye Balance representing the Fremont Fire Department was crowned the first Wayne County Fire Princess.
The winners of this year pageant were:
- 2020 Wayne County Fire Princess – Bryleigh Allen
- First Runner Up – Danielle Moore
- Second runner up – Hayli Verme
- Third runner up- Kristen Sauls
- Fourth runner up – Lizie Jernigan
- Congeniality – Haley Cotton