GABRIELLE FOX is a beauty queen. And she's only 4 years old.
Most recently, Gabby, as she is known, daughter of Dot and Bryan Fox of Taneytown, was overall winner and winner in the prettiest eyes category in the Sunburst Pageant last month at Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg.
But that is the latest. Three months before, at another Sunburst Pageant, she won second runner-up for the beauty category and won in the photogenic, model and prettiest eyes categories in Bel Air. And in November, she won the prettiest eyes category in the International Prince and Princess Pageant in Timonium.
Gabby started competing in pageants after signing up with a modeling agency, according to her mother.
"Gabby's first modeling agency recommended pageants for exposure as well as poise, confidence and such," Dot Fox said. "And once Gabby started, she was hooked."
Her mother said Gabby is a natural ham.
Gabby's dream is to star as Annie on stage in the musical by the same name.
"It's odd," Fox said. "She seems more confident on a stage than talking one on one. I think it's the whole make-believe, imagination stuff the little ones are blessed with."
Gabby seems to be blessed with winning. She also won second runner-up in the model category and finalist in photogenic category in the All-American Girl and Boy Pageant held in April, also in Timonium.
Gabby's parents signed their approval for her first modeling contract with Highlite Model and Talent Agency of Scranton, Pa., in July last year, and they are signed now with New Faces in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Fox said she and her husband support Gabby's interest, but don't push her.
"Gabs is still young enough and the fun is in participating. Bryan and I agreed that when it's not fun anymore and just about winning, we'll stop," Fox said.
Gabby's 8-year-old brother, Denton, also participated in one pageant, the All-American Girl and Boy Pageant in April. Though he did well, once was enough, according to Fox.
"He is totally bored with pageants," she said with a laugh.
Besides pageants, Gabby loves ballet and takes classes at the Ballet Slipper. She is a cheerleader for the Francis Scott Key Junior Eagles.
Evening at the park
Woodsboro/New Midway Recreation Council will hold its third annual evening in the park from 8 to 11 Oct. 4 at Pavilions Two and Three at the Woodsboro Park.
This is an adults-only evening of dancing, camaraderie and light fare. Proceeds will benefit Woodsboro soccer teams.
Tickets are $10.
Information: Lisa Beebe, 410- 775-7048, or Mark Denn, 301-845- 4004.
Uniontown United Methodist Church will sponsor Uniontown Harvest Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 on the church grounds, 3405 Uniontown Road.
The event will include a petting zoo, games and balloons for children. Children can make a scarecrow for $5.
Food will include homemade barbecue, soups, chili and hot and cold cider.
Information: Estella Williams, 410-848-7220.
More fall festivals
Emmanuel Baust United Church of Christ will hold its annual fall festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church grounds, 2950 Old Taneytown Road between Westminster and Taneytown.
The festival will feature live music, a yard sale, silent auction, petting zoo, children's games and crafts and an ice cream stand. Christmas ornaments, stained-glass windows and other church items will be for sale.
Although the festival doesn't begin until 9 a.m., breakfast will be served from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.