Madison Rainsbarger, 17, of Colusa was crowned Miss Colusa County opening night of the Colusa County Fair on Thursday.
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Holly Hickel, 10, is crowned Colusa County Mini Miss by 2014 Mini Miss Kaylie Gwinnup and 2014 Miss Colusa County Kendra Hester.
It was a magical night Thursday at the Colusa County Fair for one Colusa teenager.
Madison Rainsbarger, 17, was crowned Miss Colusa County before hundreds of people who packed the grandstands opening day of the 76th annual exposition.
The Colusa High School senior was crowned from a field of nine contestants, and will reign over the remaining events of the fair before she embarks on a 12-month representation of her home county at various fairs and events.
"I can't believe it," Rainsbarger said, stunned after winning not only the title Miss Colusa County, but being selected Miss Congeniality by the other contestants.
The 5-foot-2 blonde beauty is the daughter of Josh and Melissa Rainsbarger.
Rainsbarger's infectious smile - and a personality to match - did not go unnoticed by the panel of judges.
The largest portion of her final score - 30 percent - was based on poise, personality and communications skills.
Her academic achievements and extracurricular activities comprised 25 percent of the score, and community involvement made up 20 percent.
Rainsbarger is no stranger to the community.
She's a familiar face at the Colusa pool, where she is a lifeguard. She also volunteers as a youth camp counselor and at the Maxwell Library.
She will volunteer this summer at the Egling Middle School summer school program.
"Life isn't about what you get, but what you give," Rainsbarger said.
Beauty and figure factored in for only 15 percent of the final score, and commitment to the program counted 10 percent.
In addition to the honor of being called Miss Colusa County, Rainsbarger will receive a $1,000 scholarship for college.
Her goal is to become an elementary school teacher.
Carissa Cabral, 16, of Arbuckle, won the title first runner-up and a $500 scholarship.
Cabral is the daughter of Allen and Karen Cabral, and is a senior at Pierce High School.
Colusa County Fair royalty play a big part in the four-day extravaganza, said Jim Lemos, master of ceremonies.
Holly Hickel, 10, of Colusa, was crowned Colusa County Mini Miss prior to the fair's opening on Wednesday.
Hickel's duties began Thursday at the grand-opening of the fair with Jonathan Howard, chief executive officer, and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.
Hickel is the daughter of Rob and Kelley Hickel.
The diminutive Egling Middle School sixth grader is also a familiar face at the Colusa County Fair.
She's a performer with the Stagehands Theatre and is involved in 4-H.
Makayla Frias, 11, the daughter of Jesse and Becky Frias, of Colusa, was crowned first runner-up.
Kiana Sanapaw, 11, the daughter of Rose Landeros and Robert Hackett Jr., was crowned second runner-up.
All three Mini Miss finalists, out of field of eight contestants, won prizes, gift cards and gift certificates donated by local businesses and members of the community valued at hundreds of dollars.