Contestants vie for Bloomfest titles
By KELLIANNE GAMMILL
Eight hopefuls between five and 12-years-old competed for crowns and sashes at this year’s Bloomfest Princess Pageant on Wednesday night of fair week.
This year’s pageant had less competition than usual. With nine awards and only eight contestants, every girl went home with a title.
“We usually have around 25 girls enter,” pageant host Barbra Talbot said. Only about one-third of that entered this year, due to back-to-school night, a dance competition and a rodeo that all took place at the same time.
“We had a lot of interference this year,” Talbot said. “A lot of girls were missing.”
Despite the time conflicts, Talbot is pleased with the pageant.
“As far as the girls go, it was successful this year,” Talbot said.
The girls were split into three group depending on their age. They were then judged in self-expression and best dressed.
For the first and youngest group, Paisley Smith was named the princess with Kenidee Earl as her first attendant.
Emilee Bostwick was named the princess for the second group with Adilee Carter as her first attendant and Devony Jepperson as her second attendant.
Princess Harley Larson won the title for the third and oldest group with Carly Jepperson as her first attendant and Melanie Carter as her second attendant.
The princesses and their attendants will have more duties this year than the past 30 years that the pageant has taken place.
“Normally, their duties are just tonight and they would ride in the floats this summer. Then they would come back the next year and help with the pageant,” Talbot said.
“This year, however, we are going to incorporate them more into the fair. They’ll help with kids’ days and different things that the fair board needs help with,” Talbot said. “They’re going to help put ribbons on things and the board will take advantage of the help of these princesses.”
The goal of these new duties is to get the girls, “more involved with service projects this year and do a little bit for communities,” she said.
Though the girls will be hard at work, Talbot believes the girls will enjoy it more.
“It will be a lot more fun for them this year. They’ll have more opportunities to wear their crowns and sashes,” Talbot said. “What little girl doesn’t want a crown?”
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