Gabrielle Kerby — "Miss Bel Air 2018!"
The Bel Air Independence Day Committee, Inc., the non-profit all-volunteer group that produces the parade, fireworks and all other events in the Town of Bel Air each July 4th, announces that GABRIELLE MERCEDES KERBY has been chosen as Miss Bel Air Independence Day 2018!
The title holder, the 8th consecutive, familiarly known as "Miss Bel Air," will serve as hostess and participant in one of the region's largest 4th of July celebrations, taking place from dawn to night on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, and will also help promote the event in the weeks leading up to the event.
Kerby, a native of Street, Maryland, and a graduate of North Harford High School and Harford Community College, has been a volunteer with the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Department for many years, is a former Harford County Miss Fire Prevention, and was named the Maryland State Fireman's Association Miss Fire Prevention 1st Runner-Up 2015-2016.
She has exceptional communication skills, and has worked with infants, children and adults. She is an accomplished singer, and her platform, in addition to supporting the Children's Miracle Network, is Body Positivity — helping people take pride in themselves.
Events on Independence Day include the flag-raising at 6:45 am in front of Bel Air High School, the traditional Pancake Breakfast, the various family-friendly functions during the day, including the traditional competitive events, Uncle Sam Says, and the Watermelon Eating Contest! Finally, Miss Bel Air 2018 will lead the parade down Main Street in Bel Air at 6 pm.
Miss Bel Air, representing Bel Air and the Bel Air Independence Day Committee, will compete for the title of Miss Maryland in late June 2018, a part of the Miss America Pageant process.
Miss Bel Air may also appear in official or charitable events throughout the calendar year, through December 31, including the annual Town of Bel Air Christmas Parade.