HURON — Nearly a dozen young women will take to the Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the annual Miss State Fair Pageant takes place, during the fall classic.
In addition to the title of Miss State Fair, another ‘Miss” title - Miss Huron - will be crowned, along with the titles of Miss State Fair’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Huron’s Outstanding Teen, according to pageant executive director Carolyn Knutson.
Six Miss candidates and four Outstanding Teens will vie for the titles, as they are judged on the areas of Talent, Evening Gown and On-stage question, as well as personal interview.
Judges for the event include Rose O’Brien from Madison, Leslie Edgar of Rockham, Jolene Konechne of Huron, Dave Olsen from Hitchcock and Curt Nettinga from Huron.
Let’s meet the Miss candidates, in order of competition.
Candidate 1 — Katrina Heles of Vermillion. Katrina is a senior at Vermillion High School. Her Social Impact Statement is “Ending World Hunger, One Community at a Time” and she will perform a vocal solo for her talent.
Candidate 2 — Annie Woodmansey of Mitchell. Annie is an elementary music teacher in the Mitchell School District. She was first runner up to Miss South Dakota Amber Hulse at this spring’s Miss S.D. Pageant in Brookings. Her Social Impact Statement is “Fine Arts for All Hearts” and she will play the flute for her talent.
Brenda Wipf of Huron is Candidate 3. Brenda is a junior at the University of Sioux Falls, who will recite a poem for her talent. Her Social Impact Statement is titled “Stay Golded.”
Candidate 4 is Lysa Thompson from Sioux Falls, a student at Ashford University. Lysa’s Social Impact Statement is called “Loving Your Story Abubble: Developing Literacy,” and she will do stand-up comedy for her talent.”
Candidate 5 is Hollie Leggett, a senior at Washington High School in Sioux Falls. Her Social Impact Statement is “Addicted to Love” and she will perform an opera aria for her talent.
Madeline Schuelke is Candidate 6 in the Miss category. She is a senior at Groton High School, who will perform a vocal solo for her talent. Her Social Impact Statement is called “Let’s Get Unified!”
In the Teen division, four candidates will compete for the titles.
Teen Candidate 1 is Javonte Madsen, a freshman at Stevens High School in Rapid City. Her platform is “Why Fit in When You Were Born to Stand Out?” She will perform a ukulele and vocal solo for her talent.
Jaycee Clark is Teen Candidate 2. Jaycee is a junior at Iroquois High School. She will present a Monologue for her talent and her Platform is “Bullying Prevention/Sportsmanship Awareness.”
Teen Candidate 3 is Mitchell High School junior Laney Titze. Laney will play the piano for her talent and her Platform is “Art for All.”
Kaylee Tostenson is Teen Candidate No. 4. Kaylee is a student at Georgia Morris Middle School in Pierre. Her Platform is titled “Ruff” Times - Calming Pictures and she will perform a musical theater dance for her talent.
Teen Candidate No. 5 is Danielle Nowell, a freshman at Hitchcock-Tulare High School. She will perform a vocal solo and her Platform is “Firm Foundation.”
Miss State Fair/Miss Huron and the Miss State Fair Outstanding Teen/Miss Huron Outstanding Teen will be held Saturday at the S.D. State Fairgrounds on the Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage at 2 p.m. The Miss State Fair pageant is free, come on out and see if you can pick the winner.