Kristi Villareal Borden was born on an icy winter night, colder than Arendelle under Queen Elsa’s rule, in January 1982 to the pizza king of Oxford, Mississippi. Firm birth, she refused her family’s signature sport and contrary to popular belief, does not golf.
She moved to Decatur-Where-its-Greater at age three and was chauffeured through the River City in the reverse facing seats of a wood-grained station wagon. She enjoyed plaid skirt fashion so much that she continued the Lord’s education at Catholic High School after completing her studies at Saint Ann’s School in Decatur.
As a teenager, she began serving her community through Castner Knott’s Teen Board. Some may recall she landed a gig as the iconic Dippin’ Dots girl on the east end of America’s First Wavepool.
She attended the University of North Alabama in Florence. While earning a degree in Merchandising with a minor in Marketing and Cha-Cha-Sliding with the Lion Paws, she coined a unique rendition of “Dixieland Delight” as her trademark song. She could bring tears to her own eyes simply by belting out “Rollin’ down a backwoods Tennessee byway,” yet never understood why her Alpha Gamma Delta sorority sisters ran and hid when she jumped onto the karaoke stage.
Joking aside, Kristi moved back to Decatur almost four years ago and became a small business owner when she opened Direct Printing on Johnston Street. Taking a cue from her father’s teaching to always give back to your community, she serves our community through the Decatur Jaycees and the Executive Board of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of North Alabama, giving a voice to abused and neglected children. She is a member of Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church. Her two daughters attend Eastwood Elementary, where Kristi is very involved with school activities.
Kristi believes that art is for everyone and is excited to use this platform of Carnegie Carnival Queen candidate to raise money for an extraordinary cause that is near and dear to her heart.