FARMINGTON - They liked it so much they’re back for a second year.
Bailey Johnson, the 2013 Miss Davis County, and Eliza Smith, the 2013 Miss Davis County Outstanding Teen, will return to celebrate this year’s Davis County Fair, set for Aug. 13-16 at the Legacy Events Center. Though the duo also reigned at last year’s fair, the timing of the pageants means that both women get another opportunity to spread their message about the arts.
“I don’t want to let the arts die in public schools, because that’s what kept me going,” said Syracuse resident Bailey Johnson, who is currently attending Weber State University.
Both Johnson and Smith were crowned in Aug. 2013, and Johnson went on to become a finalist at the 2014 Miss Utah Pageant. Since the next Miss Davis County Pageant won’t be until spring 2015, however, their reign continues.
At the fair, Johnson and Smith will be on hand to help with the baby derby, sponsored by Davis Hospital and Medical Center. They will also hand out awards, and participate in the processional before the rodeo, which starts Aug. 15.
Over the course of this past year, however, their work has focused mainly on fundraising and educating people about their platforms. Smith, a singer and student at Bountiful High School, has focused on musical therapy.
Johnson, who is majoring in Dance Education, chose Arts in Education as her platform. She recently went to Mozambique to teach dance to children as part of another humanitarian project.
“They were so excited to learn any type of movement,” she said, citing it as one of the favorite things she did during her reign.
As Miss Davis County, she has gone around to different schools throughout the state showing how the arts can be integrated into math and science lessons.
“I am such a kinesthetic learner,” she said.
She’ll work with the teachers to identify lessons in both math and science coming up for different classes, then will adapt the lesson plans to include elements of the arts. Then she teaches the lessons to the students.
“Budgeting for the arts is such a concern, not just in our county,” said Johnson. “If we can save the arts in small ways that don’t cost any money, then kids will be still be interested when they get to college.”