A community newsletter serving New Melle, Defiance, Augus​ta, Marthasville, Dutzow​​ a​nd surrounding areas.

New Melle Festival Family Night & Little Miss & Mr Contest

The 71st Annual New Melle Festival began on Thursday, June 6, with Family Night. The evening included Agri-land by Straatmann Feed, featuring baby farm animals and the kiddie corn bin. Straatmann Feed provided baby chicks for the crowd to hold and pet, while The Stull Farm had baby goats, lambs, and donkeys. Agri-land was a hit with both children and adults.
Visitors were invited to inspect the emergency vehicles and equipment from the New Melle Fire Protection District and the St. Charles County Police, including the Bomb/SWAT and Forensics departments.
Additionally, the crowd enjoyed activities such as face painting, balloon art, rides, and other family-friendly entertainment.
Another evening highlight was the 5th Annual Little Miss and Mister Contest hosted by the 2024 New Melle Queen Pageant candidates. Six brave candidates participated this year, and they all did an outstanding job. The 2024 Queen candidates Katie Thwing and Jenna Smith emceed the event. The judges included the remaining candidates, Bridget Goins, Trista Smith, Bailey Burbes, Belle Cruz, and Madelyn Bouquet.
The 2024 Little Miss and Mister contest winners were Miss Briar Conway and Mister Weston Williams.
The 2024 Little Miss and Mister entries and winners in each age group were:
Ages 3 - 4
Miss Athena Gale - Augusta*
Ages 4 -5
Miss Cora Shaheen - Wentzville*
Ages 5 - 6
Miss Bexleigh Murphy (Retiring 2023 Little Miss) - Wright City
Miss Emerson Price - Wentzville*
Ages 6 - 7
Little Miss Briar Conway - Defiance**
Little Mister Weston Williams - Wright City**
*Winner in age group.
**Little Miss and Mister winners.
The Festival continued on Friday and Saturday with the crowning of the 2024 New Melle Festival Queen, the parade, a baby contest, live music, a corn-hole tournament, rides, fun, food, drinks and don't forget the fried gizzards. See pgs. 1 and 14 - 18 for more stories and pictures from the 71st New Melle Festival.

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Front Row: (L-R) Cora Shaheen, 2024 New Melle Festival Little Miss, Briar Conway, 2024 New Melle Festival Little
Mister, Weston Williams, Emerson Price, Athena Gale, Retiring 2023 Little Mister Carter Murphy and Retiring 2023
Little Miss Bexleigh Murphy. Back Row: (L-R) 2024 New Melle Queen Candidates Bailey Burbes, Bella Cruz,
Madelyn Bouquet, Trista Smith, Bridget Goins, Jenna Smith and Katie Thwing.


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