Makayla Fender crowned Miss Reed City

REED CITY — Before the fun-filled family activities started in full swing at the Great American Crossroads Celebration, community members gathered Wednesday to crown new Reed City royalty. Eleven contestants entered the Miss Reed City Pageant, competing for the title of Princess, Miss Junior Reed City and Miss Reed City. The pageant was sponsored by the Reed City General Federation of Women’s Clubs. After performing a talent, completing an interview with judges and being judged on casual and formal outfits, each contestant anxiously awaited the final results. Makayla Fender, 16, was crowned the 2012 Miss Reed City. Fender, a Reed City High School cheerleader, performed a cheer in the talent portion with Courtney Smith, 16. Julianne Griffin, 14, also competed for the title. Griffin displayed a slideshow of photographs dedicated to her cousin, Katie, who has been battling cancer. “All the contestants were great and their talents were fabulous,” said first-time pageant judge Rich Sheldon, one of four judges. “I wished we could have picked them all.” In the Junior Miss Reed City Pageant, Madison Sunderlin, 12, won the title, competing against three other girls. Madison performed “When You Got a Good Thing” by Lady Antebellum as duet with her brother, Brady, for the talent portion of the competition. “The girls and their talents were great as always. It was a very close competition,” said Diane Thompson, treasurer of the Reed City GFWC. Along with Madison’s winning duet, other competitors sang and one danced during the talent competition. Autumn Sims, 10, danced with sass to the Wii version of “That’s Not My Name”. Kassidy Hartley, 11, played her guitar in a debut performance and sang “Blessed Be the Name.” Kiley Shoemaker, 11, sang “The Bubbly song” by Colbie Calliat. In the princess competition, Emma Powell, 7, came away with the win after she sang “This Land is My Land” while patriotically dressed in red, white and blue. Three other contestants, Kenzie Shoemaker, 6, Kallie Moyer, 5 and Lucie Kneale, 6, also competed for the title with confident talent performances. Kenzie hula-hooped to “Lollipop,” using as many as three hoops at one time. Kallie sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” in her Dorothy costume from the Wizard of Oz with her little dog too. Lucie performed a tap dance routine to the “Pirate Song”. Each contestant smiled from ear to ear as they entered the stage at GT Norman Elementary. There was no shortage of cheering for all the girls, especially when they showed off their talents. Tears of pride were shed throughout the audience of proud parents, friends and families. The pageant was hosted by Katie Scharlow, the 2007 Miss Reed City. “It’s such a blessing to keep coming back and doing something I love,” Scharlow said. “I love watching the girls do so well with their talents every year.” Sheldon, of State Farm insurance in Reed City, judged the pageant together with judges Dan Lee, from Farm Bureau Insurance, Jessica Windquist, owner of PG Daycare and Carol Phelps, co-owner of Shakers Deli. “The women’s club did a fantastic job organizing the event and Katie did a great job as well,” Sheldon said. With another year of the Miss Reed City Pageant in the books, Thompson thanked the community for their support at the event. “We had a great response from the community for volunteers and donations,” she said.