The Hillsboro Old Settlers Association held its annual Queen's Kickoff on Tuesday evening, April 30, at the Challacombe House in Hillsboro.
Seven young ladies will be competing this summer for the title of 2019 Old Settlers Queen. The winner will be crowned during this year's celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in downtown Hillsboro. Reigning Queen Kelly Jansen will pass on her crown to this year's winner.
Refreshments for the evening included hors d'oeuvres and desserts, catered by Milanos' Catering. During the kickoff, each queen candidate had a chance to introduce herself and her sponsor.
This year's candidates include Caitlyn Howard, sponsored by the Hillsboro Masonic Lodge; Josie Havens, sponsored by CTI; Brianna Stephens, sponsored by the Hillsboro Moose Lodge; Kassie Dunaway, sponsored by Gold Mine Gaming; Morgan Schaake, sponsored by Imagine Hillsboro; Erin Moore, sponsored by the Hillsboro Lions Club; and Malorie Scurlock, sponsored by the Hillsboro Rotary Club.
During the kick-off event, several former Old Settlers queens talked about some of their favorite memories from the contest and offered helpful tips to this year's contestants.
After introductions, the queen candidates had a chance to make a few raffle ticket sales. Ticket prices are $1 each, and prizes will be awarded immediately following the queen coronation. Prizes this year are $750 for the grand prize, $500 for first prize and $250 for second prize.
Funds raised from this contest are the principle support for Old Settlers Days each year.
Committee members selected this year's parade theme as "The World Through My Eyes," which will be for both the Kiddie Parade and the Big Parade on Thursday, Aug. 8.
This year's entertainment will be a local country group, Ace Oxygen and the Ozones on Wednesday evening and Silver Bullet - A Tribute to Bob Seger on Thursday evening.