Congratulations to Sammy Brague for being selected as the New Melle Festival Queen for 2020. The New Melle Festival Queen pageant is a 67-year tradition in the community.
Participants start meeting and gathering about six months before the festival, doing a variety of social and community/charitable events leading up to the pageant. One of the biggest events is the "Kickin' it for Cancer" kickball tournament which was held July 24th, 2020, and raised $6000 for Friends of Kids with Cancer.
At the pageant, each contestant was escorted by her father, and each candidate had to answer two questions on stage. The winner received a $750 college scholarship and the First Alternate received a $150 scholarship.
The other award winners were: 2nd Alternate (Janna Joerling), 1st Alternate (Janelle Wilkinson), and Miss Congeniality (Janelle Wilkinson). The Miss Congeniality Award is selected by the candidates.
Before the winners were announced, Pageant Coordinator, Jenna Paul, addressed the girls, congratulating them on their level of participation in this year's events. She said, "You are a great group, with open hearts and a drive to succeed, and I can't wait to see what you each do with your life. You have made a positive impact on me and this community."
The annual New Melle Festival Queen pageant could not be held without the wonderful community support that is received each year. Candidate sponsors for 2020 include: Blondin Professional Real Estate, Catala Facial Retreat and Boutique, Hair Care by Rita, Porky Joerling Trucking, Solid Construction, and Tri-County Tractor. Other sponsors / helpers included: New Melle Sports and Recreation, Creative Stitches (sashes), Audrey Lee Photography (Photos), Dr. Paul Moore (T-shirts), Peoples Savings Bank (raffle tickets), Paul Mittler (lighting), The New Melle Fire Protection District, Mattilyn Mann (Master of Ceremonies), Jenna Paul (Pageant Coordinator) and the 2020 Judges: Alicia Feldman, Amanda Motz and Casee Trapp. A special thanks also to everyone who bought raffle tickets which were sold by the candidates in support of the festival.
For more information, visit the New Melle Festival Queen Candidates Facebook page.
The 2020 New Melle Festival Queen (Sammy Brague - seated) with her court.
(L-R) back: Janelle Wilkinson (1st Alternate and Miss Congeniality; Regan Hoyt, Jenna Joerling (2nd Alternate), Libby Thornton, and Elizabeth Benne.
Front (L-R): Macy S. (Flag Carrier), Naythan R. (Little Mister), and Grace L. (Little Miss).
Sammy and her father.