Community Interest

The 69th New Melle Festival Queen Candidates

This year, nine phenomenal candidates are participating in the 69th consecutive New Melle Festival Queen Pageant Program.

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Front, sitting: (L-R) Miss Calais Smith of Defiance, sponsored by Porky Joerling Trucking;  Miss Briana Welge of Wentzville, sponsored by New Melle 411; Miss Maleah Auping of Marthasville, sponsored by Karrenbrock Construction; Miss Sydney Deason of Foristell, sponsored by Sorenson Kennels; and  Miss Taylor Brewer of Foristell, sponsored by Main Street Real Estate.
Back, standing: (L-R) Miss Maggie Molitor of Wright City, sponsored by Tuepker Brothers Construction; Miss Kaya Goertz of Defiance, sponsored by Catala Facial Retreat; Miss Jenna McMullen of Marthsaville, sponsored by Brandes Farms, LLC.;  Miss Khyla Schiermeier of Defiance, sponsored by Drainscapes.
Photo is courtesy of Audrey Lee Photography.

The Pageant Program was officially underway as the group of candidates and judges met in late March to kick things off at BC's Kitchen for a formal dinner. This year's judges are Heather Erwin of Wentzville, Shawna Hugo of Warrenton, and Kaci Lueking, also of Wentzville.

Early events included participating in the Defiance St. Patrick's Day Parade, volunteering for the annual New Melle Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt, and attending the annual craft night. Candidates created arm-knitted blankets and other wooden treasures at AR Workshop in Chesterfield. In April and May, the candidates were busy planning and hosting the eighth annual "Kickin' It For Cancer" kickball tournament held in loving memory of Trevor Joerling at NMSR on Friday, May 20. Following the tournament, the ladies enjoyed self-care services at the Halcyon Spa in Augusta later in the weekend.

The annual Car Wash and Bake Sale were held on June 4 at the NMFPD Station #1. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the pageant and our hard-working candidates!

Raffle tickets will also be for sale; $1 each or 6/$5. The raffle tickets are sold for a chance to win cash prizes, and the drawing will take place during Festival announcements on Saturday evening, June 11; ticket winners need not be present at the Festival. If you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets, please reach out to jenna.paul31@gmail, and she will help connect you with an eager candidate!

The candidates will be hosting the third annual Little Miss and Mister Pageant on Thursday, Family Night at the Festival. Registration is now open. Check out the New Melle Festival Queen Pageant FB page to get all the details and register your Little Miss or Mister!

The 69th New Melle Festival Queen Pageant will be inside the hall on Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m., where the scholarship winners and titles will be announced. You can also catch the candidates during the Festival parade. Head to the streets of New Melle to reserve your spot and soak up all that the Festival parade has to offer, on Saturday, June 11 at 12:30 p.m.

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 the 69th consecutive pageant season. We can't do it without our sponsors, ticket buyers, and Festival patrons!