Contestants compete in pageant

Pagent: Members of the 2013 Reed City Court include Queen Taylor Holmes, Jr. Queen Cassidy Hartley, Princess Kylynn Thompson and Prince Ethan Powell. (Herald Review photo/Shannon Hartley)
Pagent: Members of the 2013 Reed City Court include Queen Taylor Holmes, Jr. Queen Cassidy Hartley, Princess Kylynn Thompson and Prince Ethan Powell. (Herald Review photo/Shannon Hartley)

REED CITY — Crowning of new royalty at the Miss Reed City Pageant has traditionally been the kickoff of the Great American Crossroads Celebration. Once again, the annual event delivered a great night of entertainment.

Sponsored by the Reed City General Federation of Women’s Club, the pageant created a family-friendly environment where young girls and boys can gain self confidence and be proud of their talents and what they love.

Pageant Hostess, 2012 Jr. Queen, Madison Sunderlin, delivered a moving speech in remembrance of Katie Scharlow, who held the title of Queen in 2007 and actively promoted the pageant. Scharlow passed away from cancer last year.

“Katie’s inspiration, outlook on life and strength is a motivation,” Sunderlin said.

This year, 12 contestants entered to compete for the titles of Ms Reed City, Junior Queen Princess and Prince. Judges Tim Webster, Ron Howell, Shannon Bush and Debbie Morgan scored contestants based on a personal interview, casual wear, talent and formal wear. The contestants pushed through any personal fears and stage fright to perform in front of a crowd and showcased their wide variety of talents.

In the running for Miss Reed City were five young ladies. Maria Becerra created an elegant hairstyle for a friend, Chelsey Gogolowski performed a cheer, Taylor Holmes sang, Makenzie Fender danced and Rebecca Ward showed off her goat’s tricks.

Junior Queen contestants continued the show with another round of talents. Shelby Montoya recited an Alabama grandmother’s laundry poem, Kassidy Hartley sang while also playing the guitar and Andrea Weaver sang.

Three girls had the audience captivated as they competed for the Princess title. Lucie Kneale performed a dance routine, Ella Dwyer performed a cheer and Kylynn Thompson did a routine with three hula hoops.

Ethan Powell sang Old MacDonald using signs of his own handmade drawings of farm animals.

Points awarded from each category were tallied and the 2013 royalty were announced. The title of Miss Reed City was awarded to Taylor Holmes, Junior Queen was given to Kassidy Hartley, the Princess was awarded to Kylynn Thompson and the title of Prince was presented to Ethan Powell.

The winners were given sashes and gift bags, they all were named part of the Reed City Court and were invited to ride in the parade. Thanks to volunteers and local business sponsors, the tradition of the Reed City Pageant has been able to provide an evening of fun for the family.