Teen sashed as Miss Portsmouth River Days

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 25, 2024

This year’s festival set for Aug. 30-Sept. 1

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Junior Madison Bowling was sashed as Miss Portsmouth River Days during a selection meeting on Feb. 9.

Bowling said she hasn’t been in any pageants since she was six years old, but she was urged to participate this year by her friend, and last year’s Miss Portsmouth and River Days First Runner-Up, Piper Cunningham.

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“I supported her last year and I experienced it with her. She shared it a lot, so she kind of showed me how it can help you grow and help you build confidence and learn things for your future. She asked me if I would do it, so I thought about it and then it just happened,” Bowling said.

To be selected, Bowling had to complete an essay and an interview with the Portsmouth High School River Days Committee. After reviewing her application, the committee awarded Bowling the sash to represent the district in this year’s River Days Pageant. She said it was a surreal moment, and she’s excited to get started.

“We’re very proud of Madison. She’s well-deserving of this and I think she’ll do great,” said Portsmouth Junior High School Principal and River Days Coordinator Amy Hughes.

The River Days festival is held in Portsmouth each year along the Ohio River during Labor Day weekend, with live music, children’s activities, river sports, food, and more activities for the community to enjoy. This year’s River Days festival is from Aug. 30 — Sept 1. For more information about River Days, visit online at https://www.friendsofportsmouth.com/river-days-festival.

For more information about Portsmouth City Schools, visit them online at www.portsmouthtrojans.net, or follow the school’s page on Facebook.