By Wayne Allen
One of the many highlights to the annual River Days festival is the Miss River Days Pageant, which was held on Saturday night at the Vern Riffe Center For the Arts, where Miss Notre Dame Brooke Pierron was crowned the 51st Miss River Days.
When asked about how the pageant went, Director Lori Lowe said, “remarkably well. We sold out, so (we had) a capacity crowd. We had 12 great contestants, the schools could not have sent better representatives and any three would have been very much deserving of the crown.”
There were three young ladies crowned at the end of the pageant. Pierron was crowned Queen, along with runners-up Miss Portsmouth Molly Kammler and Miss Wheelersburg and Karah Perkins.
“We had great entertainment, lots of fun and the ended up with three great winners,” Lowe said.
Lowe said during the pageant the judges expressed to her they had a hard time picking a winners and runners-up.
“We changed the format (of the pageant) this year, they chose a top five and then we had another phase of competition,” Lowe said.
Lowe compared the change in format to be inline with some nationally known pageant systems. “I’ve had a lot of comments from the community and the crowd who said they felt they got to know the contestants better.” Lowe said. “The judges told me what a difficult choice it was for them and that we had just 12 great contestants.”
Lowe said those crowned will start their journey next weekend when they travel to the Wellston Coal Festival. There is lots of travel planned for the girls; in the fall and spring they will travel to various festivals and events representing the River Days Festival.
Lowe said the three winners of the pageant have to option to compete in the Miss Ohio USA Pageant, which will take place later this year at the Vern Riffe Center For the Arts. In the meantime, she said work has already begun on the 2015 pageant, which will have a theme based on the bicentennial of Portsmouth.
In addition to the Miss River Days Pageant, there was a pageant held for the younger girls. In that pageant Kallie Dwyer was crowned Baby Queen, Scarlet Treadway was crowned Baby Princess, Peyton Conley was crowned Wee Queen. Brynn Neumann was crowned Wee Princess, Laikin Jackson was crowned Toddler Queen, Paisley Bradley was crowned Toddler Princess. Leah Brannan was crowned Tot Queen, Amelia Grate was crowned Tot Princess, Lauren Truitt was crowned Tiny Tot Queen, Kami Sturgill was crowned Tiny Tot Princess, Loren Wheeler was crowned Tiny Miss Queen. Lilly Murdock was crowned Tiny Miss Princess. Izzy Darnell was crowned Little Miss Queen, Skylar Zimmerman was crowned Little Miss Princess. Kylan Darnell was crowned Junior Miss Queen, Claire Patrick was crowned Junior Miss Princess and Addison Smith was crowned Young Miss Queen.
For more information about the River Days Festival visit them on Facebook, or at portsmouthriverdays.org.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.