Pageant hopeful's crown stolen

Pageant hopeful's crown stolen

GRANTS PASS — A contestant for Miss Oregon's Outstanding Teen said her crown and sash were stolen along with $2,000 worth of personal items at the Josephine County Fair Saturday.

Kendra Ash, 16, of Eagle Point, who is Miss Southern Oregon Teen for 2010, was working with 4-H horses at the fair in Grants Pass last week when she noticed her two bags filled with personal belongings were missing from a tack room about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Ash said though the items included a slider phone, an iPod Touch, a dental retainer, a wallet and gift cards for school clothes, she's most worried about the crown and sash, which she will have to replace herself at a cost of about $500.

She said she has many more appearances to make as part of the Miss America pageant system and doesn't have the money to replace the items.

"I don't want to press charges, as long as someone is nice enough to return them," Ash said. "I just want my stuff back."

Ash and her single mother, Sandy Ash, both lack the finances to replace the stolen items and would appreciate any help from the public in retrieving them. Ash has about 40 more appearances scheduled to promote her position where she's required to wear her sash and crown.

At her appearances, Ash talks to future contestants about the benefits of working with the Miss America pageant, such as receiving scholarships and helping good causes. Ash selected the Muscular Dystrophy Association as her platform.

"Kendra is an amazing young lady with a big heart," said Sandy Ash. "She does a lot every year for our community and has worked hard to put others before herself. She has been heartbroken over the entire ordeal."

Ash said she reported the theft to the Josephine County Sheriff's Department. She asked that anyone who has information about her belongings contact her at 541-621-8768.

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