The Litchfield Community Center was full of sparkle and shine for this year's Party in the Park pageants, held Saturday evening, Sept. 21, with a packed house. Originally, the pageants were set to be held downtown, but the threat of inclement weather moved the four pageants indoors.
Former Miss Chamber of Commerce Natalie Elliott served as master of ceremonies with retiring 2018 Miss Chamber of Commerce Andrea Priddle. After an introduction of this year's judges and auditor Julie Abel, the pageants opened with an introduction to the little miss contestants.
Each of the little miss contestants introduced herself, and then they all participated in a dance to "Lollipops and Rainbows." Little miss contestants also had the chance to showcase a 30-second talent and answer the pop question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
Olivia Rogers was crowned 2019 Little Miss Party in the Park and Miss Congeniality. She was sponsored by Rogers Insurance Agency. Rogers was crowned by retiring 2018 Little Miss Party in the Park Tilly Fergurson.
This year's first runner-up was Paisley State, sponsored by HSHS St. Francis Hospital and Miss Photogenic was Lydiah Jones, sponsored by Ronco's.
Other little miss contestants included Lynnox Kessler, sponsored by Longwell Snappy Lube; Daphni Dworsack, sponsored by UJ's; Remie Witt, sponsored by Formals of Litchfield; Aria Crabtree, sponsored by Pizza Man; Leah Edwards, sponsored by Curt's 24-Hour Towing; Kaylee Belusko, sponsored by Lily Pad Learning Center; Avery Crabtree, sponsored by Petal Pushers; Presley Gifford, sponsored by Sandi Shimchick Photography; Ryder Maguire, sponsored by RP Lumber; and Rylee Blevins, sponsored by Aaron's.
This year's little mister contestants also had a chance to introduce themselves onstage and perform a dance to "Cruisin' for a Bruisin." They also showcased their talents and answered the pop question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
Emrik Witt was crowned this year's 2019 Little Mister Party in the Park, and he was sponsored by Dr. Alan Chiles, DMD. He was crowned by retiring 2018 Little Mister Party in the Park Knox Wilson.
This year's first runner-up was Cash Logsdon, sponsored by McKay Auto Parts. Mister Congeniality went to Jace Pennock, sponsored by Lily Pad Learning Center and Mister Photogenic went to Memphis Jackson, sponsored by Goats on the Go.
Eight young ladies competed for the title of this year's Junior Miss Chamber of Commerce. After introducing themselves onstage, they participated in a dance to "Me and My Girls." Each contestant also had the chance to give a speech on how the community of Litchfield has shaped them into who they are today and answer two pop questions, including "Why would you make a good junior miss?"
Kendall Stewart was crowned this year's 2019 Junior Miss Chamber of Commerce, and she was sponsored by Neuhaus Heating and Air. She was crowned by retiring 2018 Junior Miss Chamber of Commerce Avarey Fetter.
This year's first runner-up was Caitlyn Travis, sponsored by Younique Dance and Tumble. Miss Congeniality was Claudia Deren, sponsored by Sandi Shimchick Photography and Miss Photogenic was Hadley Hauter, sponsored by the Briar Rose.
Other contestants included Olivia Reid, sponsored by Century 21 Reid Baugher Realty; Georgia Glover, sponsored by Younique Dance Studio; Kaia Vickery, sponsored by Petal Pushers; and Madison Mix, sponsored by TCCU.
Four ladies competed for the title of this year's Miss Chamber of Commerce. They introduced themselves onstage and then participated in a dance to "Woman Up." Each contestant had the chance to give a one-minute speech on the topic of her choice and answer two pop questions, including "Why would you make a good queen?"
Alia Stewart was crowned this year's 2019 Miss Chamber of Commerce and Miss Congeniality, and she was sponsored by Sky View Drive-In. She was crowned by retiring 2018 Miss Chamber of Commerce Andrea Priddle.
This year's first runner-up was Kyra Bishop-Jacobs, sponsored by Carpenters Local 270. Miss Photogenic was Gracie Jones, sponsored by A&D Electric. Also participating was Abbe Kuehn, sponsored by The George Press, Inc.
Pageant director is Beth Cherry with assistance from Tiffany Hendricks, Maggie Sinclair, Tiffany Jarman, Brielle Marten and Jenny Fergurson.