SHERIDAN — After placing as first runner-up two years in a row, Haylee Kimball wanted to try for Sheridan Springfest queen one more time, and talked her best friend Alexis Brown into competing too. The pair were both crowned in last night’s pageant.
The duo vied for the top title while Gracey Vandenburg ran for princess and Dana Langin for junior princess.
“It sure feels good to come out on top this time,” said Kimball, 15, the daughter of Scott Kimball and Melissa Smith.
Brown won the miss congeniality title, an honor normally picked by audience vote, However, a tied score led to last year’s queen, Cierra Sutherland, drawing a name from a hat.
The contestants are judged in various categories such as recitation of a quote, a talent or joke, and on-stage question and poise and personality, said Peggy Waldron, co-organizer of the pageant.
Wearing patriotic colors, the four young women led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Master of Ceremonies Derek Wagner then asked the on-stage question of what qualities make a friend.
“Trustworthiness is a quality I would want to find in a friend and know I could trust her to share things with her,” answered Kimball, of Stanton.
Kimball and Brown, 16, the daughter of Lisa Sinclair and Scott Brown, both shared jokes while Langin, 6, the daughter of Richard and Cherie Langin of Sheridan, sang “Lemonade Mouth” for her talent. Vandenburg, 8, the daughter of John and Tammy Vandenburg of Sheridan, sang “I’m Proud to Be An American.”
Wearing a blue and purple ruffled gown, Kimball told the audience her favorite quote was Napoleon’s “A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.”
“This means to me that a soldier fights not for what he will get, but fights for what they can do for our country,” Kimball said.
According to Waldon, the queen and court will be seen at a lot of different activities over the weekend, helping with the kiddie games and the kiddie parade. They will also be in Monday’s parade and in several parades throughout the year.
Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.