Parker County crowned a new queen over the weekend – as well as a princess and seven other young girls at the Parker County Peach Pageant on Saturday.
The pageant, which has been held for many of the Peach Festival’s 30 years of existence, included eight different age groups, from infant to 21 years of age.
This was the first year to separate the ages, since in past years that caused the event to last long. Norma Crutcher, director of the event for her 15th year, said that led to slightly lower numbers this year, but girls from across the county still participated in the event.
Crutcher said each year she enjoys seeing the girls’ enjoyment as they stepped onto the stage to demonstrate their talents and personality, often participating alongside friends.
“I love it,” Crutcher said. “That’s what this is all about.”
For all ages, the girls could participate in the formal and the sportswear competitions. The older groups could add talents to their pageant experience and the oldest girls were interviewed by the judges.
Some of the girls dressed in cheerleading, western, patriotic or other athletic outfits for the sportswear category. Talents included singing – including songs from the movies Frozen and Mary Poppins, piano playing, dancing, gymnastics and archery.
Each age group awarded and crowned girls as most photogenic, best talent, best sportswear, the runner-up, first place and for participation.
Those who won their age group will be recognized at the Peach Festival in July and may also participate in parades throughout the year.
“Ultimately, all I care about is the girls,” Crutcher said, saying the pageant is about their enjoyment and not just a chance to win, since some of the girls were too young to grasp the victory anyway.
This year’s winners of the pageant included Layla Simmons as Miss Baby Peach, Mackenzie Rodriguez as Miss Toddler Peach, Haylee Pennuell Miss Tiny Peach, Raigen Roe Miss Peach Puddin’, Hailey Little as Little Miss Peach, Emily Kapka Miss Peach Blossom, Haley Hultman Miss Peach Princess and Louriann Villa Miss Peach Queen.