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2024 New Melle Queen Candidates and 10th Annual Kickin' It For Cancer Kickball Tournament May 17

This year's New Melle Festival Queen Pageant season is well underway. There are seven enthusiastic and dedicated candidates who are committed to participating in the 2024 pageant season. The candidates are Madelyn Bouquet, sponsored by Peoples Savings Bank, Bailey Burbes (Porky Joerling Trucking), Bella Cruz (Aiello Homes), Bridget Goins (New Melle Professional Firefighters), Jenna Smith (The Red Beauty Salon), Trista Smith (Catala Facial Retreat & Boutique), and Katie Thwing (Aisling Med Spa.) 

Since committing to the pageant season in January, the candidates met with the judges earlier in March and enjoyed a private dining experience at a local restaurant. The candidates made their community debut at the Defiance St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival. The candidates volunteered their time supporting the New Melle Chamber of Commerce at the New Melle Community Easter Egg Hunt.

On Friday, May 17, the candidates will host the 10th Annual Kickin' it for Cancer Kickball Tournament at New Melle Sports and Rec in memory of Trevor Joerling. All proceeds will benefit Friends of Kids with Cancer. The first games kick off at 5 p.m. The community is invited to attend, either as participants or spectators, for an evening of fun, food, and friendship. The candidates will hold a lantern release in memory of Trevor, as well as an organized community prayer to support PK, Penelope Karrenbrock.

The candidates are currently seeking teams and donations for this year's tournament. Team registration, as well as business donations, are due by Wednesday, May 1.

Click here to view the flyer for team registration information and details for the evening. Any businesses that are interested in supporting the event can reach out to Jenna Murphy via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The candidates hope to see you on Friday, May 17th!


L to R: Katie T., Bridget G., Trista S., Jenna S., Bailey B.,
Madelyn B., Bella C.

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L to R: Bella C., Madelyn B., Bailey B., Trista S., Jenna S.,
Bridget G., Katie T.