You could say that it's a family tradition. Miss Monticello Kaitlynne

Postel comes from a family of pageant winners and she added another title to

the family tree Saturday night, when she won Miss Kentucky.

Postel's mother, Lynne, is a former Miss Maryland and her aunt is a

former Miss Kentucky. This marked the 20-year-old Lexington resident's first

appearance in the Miss Kentucky Pageant.

Joey Neal, director of the Miss Monticello Pageant, was impressed with

the way Postel consistently competed throughout the Miss Kentucky event,

which began Thursday and concluded Saturday night at the University of

Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. Postel performed "Kiss Me in the

Rain" for the talent portion of Miss Kentucky.

"I figured that she had a really good shot at it...She felt very good

about her interview and I just felt like she was so consistent in each area

of the competition," said Neal.

Neal knows well what it takes to win the pageant. After all, this marks

the second Miss Monticello he has helped earn the Miss Kentucky crown.

MacKenzie Mayes won the title in 2003. In fact, Miss Monticello has

consistently finished in the top 10 for many years.

The local pageant has grown into one that has a wonderful reputation

around the state. Neal said that there are many parts of the state that

don't have local competitions like Miss Monticello.

"I could not do the pageant without the committee members I have who

help me," said Neal. "We could not keep putting on this event without the

support of the community."

The local event has been expanded in recent years to include a Miss

Wayne County Area Pageant, which is only for young ladies who reside in

Wayne County. This year's Miss Wayne County Area Katisha Pickrell did an

outstanding job in the Miss Kentucky Pageant last week.

"Katisha Pickrell turned in excellent performances all week long," said

Neal. "I was surprised she didn't make the top 10. She is really to be

commended for the job she did."

Postel will now begin to prepare for the Miss America Pageant, which

will be be held in January in Las Vegas. She will also be making numerous

appearances and will step into the role of spokeswoman for the No Ifs Ands

or Butts program for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Postel wasn't the only local winner in this year's Miss Kentucky event.

The program for the Miss Monticello Pageant was again recognized as the best

in the state. It is sponsored by Monticello Banking Company and Barbara

Gehring heads up that committee.

"She does an outstanding job," noted Neal.

The local organization receives a small cash prize for the first place

award.

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