REED CITY — Norman Elementary gym was packed full of parents, family and friends as the Annual Crossroads Festival was started with the Reed City Pageant. Organized by the General Federation of Women’s Club and hosted by Reed City Schools Band Director, Brian Massey, the pageant was definitely a fun filled family event.

The 19 contestants that entered all confidently got up on stage to impress the panel of judges in several categories. This year’s judges James Anderlohr, Jesse Kailing, Kris Griffin, and Jenn Warden, had the difficult task of scoring contestants based on an interview, casual wear, talent, and formal wear. All the contestants did a wonderful job and they should all feel very proud of what they accomplished by entering and performing in front of so many people. It takes self esteem and confidence to enter an event like this and show off one’s individuality. Those are very important qualities to be encouraged in our youth today.

Running for Prince were Brandon Benson, Dylan Powers, Nicholas Grindel, and Owen Powers.

Princess contestants were Ami Rei Wilson, Andrea Benson, Emma Powell, Kali Moyer, Kerri Finkbeiner, Lucie Kneale and Ryleigh Adams.

Jr Queen contestants were Autumn Sims, Kassidy Hartley, Jenna Johnson and Samantha Grindel.

And finally competing for Reed City Queen were Bethany Church, Celeste Wallace, Holly Ann Rolston and Makayla Fender.

This year along with the popular talents of singing or dancing were some very interesting talents. Dylan built a rubber band gun with his tool kit, Holly made a delicious looking pizza, Samantha showed off tricks with her cute dog, and Bethany showed off some of her artwork.

The crowd was full of applause and cheer for all the contestants as everyone showed their support for Reed City’s youth.

In the end, however, the points were tallied and only one could be chosen from each division. Reed City’s Court for 2011 includes Queen Celeste Wallace, Jr Queen Jenna Johnson, Princess Ryleigh Adams, and Prince Dylan Powers.