Monday, May 16, 2011

Taylar Franz Crowned 2011 Queen of Southeast Spokane County Fair

Taylar Franz was crowned Queen of the 2011 Southeast Spokane County Fair, with Emily Sainsbury and Mikayla Cornwall chosen as Princesses at the coronation at the coronation ceremony Sunday evening. Tylar also received Miss Congeniality. The McIntosh Grange filled to near capacity to honor the eight lovely contestants from the 10th and 11th grades of Liberty and Freeman High Schools.

2010 Princess Shelby Gady-Nelson opened the evening and introduced Mayor Micki Harnois, who presented the eight contestants. Resplendent in fancy evening gown, each young lady gave her first name, named her sponsoring organization and her personal sponsor:
  • Maylissa Lewis, Southeast Spokane County Historical Society
  • Taylar Franz, Rockford Womens Club
  • Leaira Anderson, Rockford Historical Society
  • Ashley Roecks, Rockford VFW Post 7815
  • Bianca Thiers, Hangman Creek Chamber of Commerce
  • Kailyn Gady, Rockford Firebells
  • Emily Sainsbury, Rockford Lions Club
  • Mikayla Cornwall, American Legion Post #165The royalty coronation event, began more than half a century ago, was an evening of fun and excitement. Seated in a row across the stage, displaying a rainbow of colorful gowns, each design showcased the wearer's individual style and gave the audience a glimpse into the girl's personality.
Each young contestant in turn stood, lovely face shining with anticipation, nervousness well concealed, and gorgeous in her beautiful evening attire, gave a short presentation. Each detailed her special interests, achievements and gave her reasons for wishing to be crowned Queen.

Judging the fair royalty contest were: Jalena Maugha, member of Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and Spa Director of Planet Beach Spa; John Solomon, Pastor, Life Source Community Church, former high school basketball coach and volunteer Police Chaplan serving the Spokane Police Department; and Charlotte Nemee,  past judge of Miss Spokane Valley, owner, Planet Beach Cotempo Spa, Vice President of Administration, Spokane Credit Union.

During a short intermission while the three judges compiled the points on which the winners were chosen, the candidates and members of the audience mingled, enjoying comaraderie, cake and drinks.

The 2011 contest sponsors were Bank of Fairfield, Co-Ag of Fairfield, and Banner Bank of Rockford.

Each girl was presented with a long-stemmed rose. The queen and her princesses were crowned and given bouquets. Each girl also received a gift bag.

Gift bag contributors included Harvest Moon Restaurant, Rockford; Banner Bank, Rockford; Rockford AIG Insurance, Rockford; Dairy Farmers of Washington; Kelly's Thrift, Fairfield; Seehorn Tire, Fairfield; Town of Rockford; Fred Necks Grill & Saloon, Rockford; Spokane County Association of Wheat Growers; Bullfrog Mini Store, Fairfield; Fairfield General Store, Fairfield; Hurd Mercantile & Company, Rockford; Bank of Fairfield, Fairfield & Rockford; Primeland Cooperatives, Rockford; Dave's Auto Body & Glass, Rockford; Freeman Store, Freeman; Rockford Auto Inc., Rockford; Town of Fairfield; Spokane Seed, Rockford; Fairfield Owl Pharmacy, Fairfield; Bud's Auto, Fairfield and St. John Hardware, Fairfield.

McIntosh Grange donated their hall. Members decorated its walls and windows and bordered the stage-stairs with bouquets of pastel balloons.

Northwest Images provided the portraits for the fair Royalty, as it has for a number of years in the past.

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