By Jenna Paul
This year, we have two participating candidates in the 65th consecutive New Melle Festival Queen Pageant Program. Miss Hailey Schellert of Foristell, sponsored by Elite Mechanical, and Miss Katie Sharp of Defiance, sponsored by Sorenson Kennels.
We started with a formal dinner in January where we met our judges, Jillian Krueger of Wentzville, Audrey Lee of Winfield, and Jessica Scheve of Foristell. The candidates volunteered at the annual New Melle Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt. The New Melle Fire Department was the location for craft night, where the candidates made different crafts representing their personalities. In April and May, the candidates were super busy with planning and hosting the fourth annual “Kickin’ It For Cancer” kickball tournament that was held in loving memory of Trevor Joerling at NMSR on Friday, May 18. Following the Kickball tournament, the candidates enjoyed a spa day to relax and celebrate the tournament’s success.
CAR WASH & BAKE SALE JUNE 9: The New Melle Fire Department will be the location of the annual Car Wash and Bake Sale which will be held on Saturday, June 9 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Come out and support the pageant!
Our candidates will be participating in the New Melle Festival Family Night! Keep your eye out for the sparkly tiaras and glittery sashes as they will have a booth and also will be mingling. The Pageant itself will be taking place on the main stage outside on Friday, June 15 at 7:30 pm where a winner of the scholarship and title of 2018 New Melle Festival Queen will be announced. Along with the efforts to re-energize the Festival parade, you will see our candidates there as well - parading through the streets of New Melle at 11 am on Saturday, June 16.
Don’t miss your chance to snag up some raffle tickets while they are still available! The 1st place winner will win $500, 2nd place is $200, and 3rd place is $100. All of these winners will be announced on Saturday, June 16 along with the parade float winners.
Thank you to our wonderful community for the continued support of the New Melle Festival Queen Pageant and the traditions that have followed, making this our 65th consecutive pageant season.
The 2018 Queen Candidates are Katie Sharp and Hailey Schellert.
Photo provided by Audrey Lee Photography.