Carly Carver, Editor
The Ashland Beacon
Faith Fountain, also known as Ms. Ashland, is hosting a special event at the Mill Café & Bakery, located at 207 15th Street, Suite 101 in Ashland on December 5 at 2 p.m.
At the event, patrons will have the opportunity to decorate a sugar cookie and snag a sash to be crowned as “kings” or “queens” by Ms. Ashland herself.
“I want everyone to know I am here as a support,” said Fountain. “I want to share something fun for people to do.”
Fountain said that she hopes the event can be a positive outlet in the community for both children and adults during difficult times. The impact of COVID-19 has weighed heavily on her mind, and Fountain has been thinking of creative ways to give children a fun event to do, while being safe and socially distanced.
Fountain is the mother of a six-year-old little boy herself, named Noah, so when creating this event it was especially important that the emphasis was placed that both “kings” and “queens” were welcomed to this royal ceremony.
“I just think that it isn’t about crowning little girls only,” said Fountain. “We want to speak truths to our kids and influence them. We want to show them there is not a glass ceiling and show them there is no limit to what they can reach. I want to show my boy that if he wants to run for Ms. Kentucky, go for it boy.”
Fountain said that she hopes to see the next Mr. Ashland and Ms. Ashland running around at the next event.
“I want to let all kids know there is no limit to who and what you can be,” said Fountain.
The event is by donation only.
Fountain said that following all local, state, and federal safety guidelines are required and patrons must be masked.
Fountain said that she first got into pageantry after she saw social-media advertising about the events.
“I started reading about Miss Kentucky and what they are about,” said Fountain. “I realized it was about each woman’s platform, and what they want to change in their communities, and that really stuck with me. When I ran for Ms. Ashland, I wanted to help the homeless population, and impact our community.”
Fountain competed as Ms. Ashland in the Ms. Kentucky United States Pageant and won the title of Ms. Congeniality in 2019.
“I wanted to represent our city,” said Fountain. “And here I am still doing the community work. I think that really is the goal of Miss Kentucky.”
The goal of misskentuckyus.com — states participation in the pageant is meant to provide “an enriching journey of multi-faceted personal growth through local, state and national pageants where women and girls, supported by their families, compete on a national level with a safe pageant experience (and) women-to-women encouragement ...”
Fountain is also planning a Women’s Conference in October 2021 with a focus on empowering women. “I am so excited about this,” said Fountain.
Fountain said that the Women’s Conference plans are all being planned around COVID-19 currently, so she is working closely to address the health and safety of the attendees.
“Last year we did this, and focused on empowering other women, and this year we want to focus on knowing our worth,” said Fountain. “I think it is important to know that you are enough. It is important to know that you are worthy. It is important to know that you are loved, and beautiful, and amazing.”