TRUFANT — Six years ago, Emily Baird watched as her sister, Katy, competed in the Miss Trufant Jubilee queen pageant, and she knew that some day she too wanted to compete.
Not only did Baird compete in the Trufant Royalty Pageant on Thursday night at the pavilion, she topped three other contestants to win the title of Miss Trufant.
“I remember being in the sixth grade and watching, and thinking it was the coolest thing ever,” said Baird, 17, the daughter of Kamie and the late Ed Baird.
“I had always been busy with sports and things and had never tried before, and knew this was the right time,” said Baird, who will begin her senior year at Cedar Springs High School.
The contestants were judged in private interviews, casual wear, formal wear, onstage impromptu question and a written essay submitted to the judges, according to pageant coordinator Jessye Howey.
“The most difficult part was the onstage question, because you don’t have any idea what the question will be,” said Baird, who was asked who had has the most influence in her life, other than her parents. Baird’s answer? Her sister Katy, who also served as her coach, helping her practice her pageant walk and to remember to always smile.
“I look up to her and try to follow in her footsteps,” said Baird, who wore a neon yellow chiffon strapless gown.
Baird also was named 2012 Miss Friendship, an award voted on among the contestants.
Rounding out the court will be Tisha Proctor as first runner-up, Lindsay Stevens as second runner-up and Amanda Warner as third runner-up.
Winning the title of 2012 Jubilee Miss Preteen was Kaitlyn Kohler, 11, who was crowned by her sister Kennedy Kohler, the 2011 Jubilee Miss Preteen.
“I wanted to do it because I knew it would be fun to do,” said Kaitlyn Kohler. The sisters are the daughters of Dan and Sadie Kohler of Trufant.
Kohler’s court consists of First Runner-up Preteen Elise Gorby, who was also named 2012 Miss Friendship Preteen, and Kaelee Girskis, who earned the second runner-up title.
“The queen and court will begin this weekend participating in activities throughout the weekend here and then will be in the parade in Belding on Monday,” said Howey. “They will also be in parades and queen’s teas with other local queens and will also do other community projects as they come up.”
The youngest members of the court will be the 2012 Princess Isabella Harig, 7, of Trufant and 2012 Prince Jaiven Kohler, 5, of Trufant.