A sixth-generation Paso Robles native and first-time pageant contestant was crowned Miss California Mid-State Fair on Tuesday evening as fair festivities kicked off in Paso Robles.
“It was a very close competition,” Ashley Davis said. “When they said my name, it was unbelievable.”
Davis, 20, is studying kinesiology at Cal Poly.
She said her cousin and mother, who had both participated in pageants before, inspired her to “put herself out there” and serve as a role model for others.
“It was such an incredible experience and opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and show my agricultural roots,” said Davis, who comes from a family of cattle ranchers.
Davis is a member of Cal Poly’s Young Cattlemen’s Committee. She has volunteered for Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County, the Paso Robles Children’s Museum, the Paso Robles Harvest Marathon and the Salvation Army, according to a news release.
Davis’s pageant platform was “Food, Fiber and Fitness,” emphasizing healthy food and fitness for children with special needs.
Eight women competed for the title of Miss California Mid-State Fair on Tuesday.
Kimberly White, 18, of Oceano native, was named first runner-up and Miss Congeniality. The second runner-up was 19-year-old Codie Wilshusen of San Miguel.