SHERIDAN — It was a night of misplaced tiaras and a misprinted program, yet it was a perfect night for Riann Rohn, as she was crowned the 2013 Miss Sheridan Springfest queen.
Organizers originally planned a 6 p.m. pageant, yet when the schedule came out in print, it stated a 7 p.m. start. Combined with the tiaras somehow lost en route to the event, organizers made a last-minute decision to postpone the start to 7:20 p.m., giving time for a quick run to Mount Pleasant for replacement crowns.
“We’d had practices and the tea at 6 p.m. and planned on a 6 p.m pageant,” said pageant director Lori Braman.
Once the pageant was underway, the four contestants in three age brackets were evaluated by three judges in categories such as joke, question and answer time, talent, quote and evening wear.
“The judges are looking for characteristics such as poise, personality and presentation, communication skills, behavior and attitude,” said Braman.
Rohn, a 15 year-old sophomore at Central Montcalm High School, and Alexis Brown, 17, a Central Montcalm junior, competed in the 15-17 queen’s contest.
Crystal resident Rohn, the daughter of Heather Huber and Jonthan Rohn, asked the audience “How do you know carrots are good for your eyes? Because you never see a rabbit with glasses.”
Rohn said qualities of a friend are that they are loyal and of good character. Donning a white blouse, black jeans and black shiny heels, she recited a self-written piece titled “Is the Constitution Still Relevant?” for the talent portion of the contest.
During the onstage question portion, Rohn was asked, “What bothers you most today about what is happening in our community?”
She replied, “World hunger. Instead of using money to advertise about world hunger, use the money spent on advertising to buy food. We are not doing that.”
Rohn, who is involved in National Honor Society and Student Council at school, has always wanted to run for the Sheridan court, “but was too shy. This year I decided I would just do it, just go for it.”
As Miss Sheridan Springfest, Rohn will attend as many events as possible over the three-day Memorial Day celebration and also ride in parades this weekend and throughout the year.
Anna Lake, 10, the daughter of Denise and Jay Lake of Sheridan, was the lone contestant in the 10-14 year old princess race.
Kelsey Ross, 6, the daughter of Angela and Andy Ross of Sheridan, ran unopposed in the junior princess 5-8 year old category.