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Miss VAF 2023

Natalie woodward

Natalie Woodward, representing the Frederick County Fair, was crowned Miss Virginia Association of Fairs 2023 during the 105th conference of the Virginia Association Fairs at the historic Williamsburg Lodge in January 2023. She aspires to earn her Bachelor’s of Science in nursing with a focus on becoming a nurse anesthetist. In the fall, she will transfer to a four-year university after obtaining her Associate’s of Arts and Sciences degree from Laurel Ridge Community College. A graduate of Sherando High School, Natalie was a member of the National Honor Society, a 4-year honor roll recipient, and she was named Cheerleader of the Year. In preparation for her nursing career, she is a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Natalie’s personal platform is “The Confidence Campaign” in which she helps others build their confidence through self-kindness. The Confidence Campaign is a combination of printable, readable, and watchable resources that focus on implementing kindness in everyday life. These tools create a mindset that is filled with contagious positivity and allow everyone to shine bright. She has spoken to over 500 students in the Commonwealth, sharing her important message. In addition, she is very involved with her local food pantry, serving on its governing board that assists over 50 families biweekly. 

During her year of service, Natalie will travel across Virginia serving as the official ambassador for the Virginia Association of Fairs at many fairs and festivals.  She will also be the spokesperson for the Miss VAF community service program, “Read to Succeed” that, in just a few years, has collected nearly 40,000 books.  The VAF serves its members through representation, education, information, and direction which will enhance their productivity, economic viability, and administrative capability, thus enhancing the economic growth, development, and quality of life of Virginia communities. 


For more information about the VAF, please refer to the VAF website at  For more information about the Miss VAF Pageant, please explore our website at

To schedule Natalie for your event, please contact Wendi Gruninger, Pageant Director, at or (703) 473-1171.

Photo credit ~ Danielle Allen of Danielle’s Images

2023 Court


Top Five

Winner: Natalie Woodward, Frederick County Fair
1st Runner Up: Natalie White, Duffield Daze Festival
2nd Runner Up: Olivia McCarty, Russell County Fair
3rd Runner Up: Megan Day, Fauquier County Fair
4th Runner Up: Madelyn Cosby, Isle of Wight County Fair

Michelle Rosalino, Chautaugua Festival
McKenzie Swinson, Chesterfield County Fair
Shayli Castle, Dickenson County Fair
Lily Sanford, King George Fall Festival
Ellen Rosson, Louisa County Fair
Johanna Pearson, Rockingham County Fair

Award Winners
Jensen Hoover Impact Award: Ellen Rosson, Loiusa County Fair
Jensen Hoover Impact Award Finalists: MaKayla Sprouse, Franklin County Agricultural Fair; Kenzie Kline, Shenandoah County Fair
Miss Photogenic: Olivia Johnson, Washington County Fair
Miss Congeniality: Emily Vaught, 
Henry County Fair
People's Choice Winner: Natalie White, Duffield Daze Festival

Congratulations to all of the contestants!

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