Q&A with 2022’s Screven County Livestock Festival queen, Emma Webb

The 71st annual Screven County Livestock Festival is coming to a close. The festivities kicked off last weekend with a “parade of champions.” One such champion is this year’s festival queen, Emma Webb. The Sylvania Telephone Spoke with Emma via phone on Monday to ask her about life, how she became queen, and what she hopes to do in the future.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I’m 16. I go to Screven County High School, I play on the tennis team. I dance; I’ve been dancing since I was two years old, I do tap, ballet and jazz. I take all honors classes, AP classes at school. I’m also a lifeguard.

Emma Webb says she stays busy.  The 16-year-old plays tennis, dances and was recently awarded the title of 2022 Screven County Livestock Festival Queen.

Q: You seem very active. How do you stay on track?

A: It’s really time management. If I can keep it on schedule and know when and where I have to be places, I can handle it all right; and chillin’ on the weekends helps.

Q: When did the pageantry come up?

A: This is actually my first pageant I’ve ever done. So, I was asked to do it, like, right before practices started. There weren’t too many people doing it, so I just decided ‘I have a talent, might as well try it out.’

Emma Webb performed ballet during the 2022 Screven County Livestock Festival Queen pageant.

Q: You performed balleten pointe for the talent portion. Was it different dancing in this context?

A: Yeah, it totally was. Usually, at my dance studio [Statesboro School of Dance] We don’t do competitions, so you just dance for an audience … so it was, kind of, more stressful knowing that something was on the line.

Q: In terms of the other pageant components (how to dress, walk, etc.), how did you learn and practice those parts?

A: I think dance really helped me with being graceful and walking, but I also have a friend who did this pageant a few years ago and she helped me on how to walk and keeping your knees straight and making sure you don’t fall and things like that.

The 2022 Screven County Livestock Festival Pageant was the first time winner Emma Webb had competed in such an event.

Q: Since this was your first pageant, when they announced your name as the winner and put that crown on your head, what did you think?

A: I was very surprised. They had announced the second runner-up and first runner-up, so my heart was beating out of my chest ’cause I’d either won or not placed, so I was like ‘This is kinda scary.’ But, I was so excited, it was a great moment.

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