LOUISA — The 21st annual Miss and Miss Teen Lawrence County Septemberfest Pageant was held Saturday evening, Sept. 1, at the Louisa Middle School’s Performing Arts Center. The theme for the pageant was “Traditions of Excellence.” Morgan Canty, former Miss Ashland Area, served as the emcee for the pageant.
Providing entertainment for the pageant festivities were singing duo of Casey Fitzpatrick and Justin Sargent. An opening number with The Star Spangled Banner was performed by the quartet of Katherine Borders, Tanner Stevens, Justin Sargent and Casey Fitzpatrick. Miss Lawrence County Septemberfest 201112 Katherine Leanne Borders was on hand and participated in the coronation ceremony in crowning the new pageant winners. Borders offered her farewell remarks as Miss Lawrence County Septemberfest.
Pageant contestants were judged on the basis of their personal interview, sportswear, evening wear and an on stage interview. The Miss Lawrence County Septemberfest competition was opened to young ladies between the ages of 16-21 years of age while the Miss Teen competition featured young ladies ranging from 13-15 years of age.
There were 12 ladies vying for the title and crown of Miss Lawrence County Septemberfest and Miss Teen Lawrence County Septemberfest, including Kelby Dean Burks, Abigail Buechel, Layken Dakota Chapman, Makayela Banks. Samantha Paige Hughes, Kaylie Alyse Polston, Kimmie Maynard, Kandyce Brooke Montgomery, Alexandria Michele Adams, Leslie Bre’Ann Robinson, Allyson Nikkole Wheeler and Kaitlin Raine Skeens.
The pageant was presented and sponsored by River Cities DeMolay Chapter, Order of DeMolay with Patton Hart, Tanner Stevens, William Montgomery and Ruby Hart serving as Pageant Directors and hosts for the event. William Montgomery of the Louisa area serves as the Master Councilor of the local chapter. Other officers, members and advisors of River Cities DeMolay Chapter and a number of volunteers served on the pageant committee and hosts for this year’s pageant.
DeMolay is an organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives. Basing its approach on timeless principles and practical, hands-on experience, DeMolay opens doors for young men aged 12 to 21 by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills so vitally needed in society today. DeMolay combines this serious mission with a fun approach that builds important bonds of friendship among members in more than 1,000 chapters worldwide.
Kandyce Brooke Montgomery, of the Danville area, captured the title and crown of the Miss Lawrence County Septemberfest for 2012-13. She is a junior at Eastern Kentucky University majoring in Education. She received a crown, trophy, sash, floral tribute and special gifts. First runner-up was Leslie Robinson, of the Louisa area. By virtue of being the first runner-up and the young lady from Lawrence County with the highest number of votes from the judges, she captured the title of Miss Lawrence County.
The judges selected Layken Dakota Chapman, of the Louisa area, as Miss Teen Septemberfest Photogenic award. They also selected Alexandria Michele Adams of the Louisa area for the Miss Septemberfest Photogenic award. The Miss Congeniality award which was voted by the contestants was won by Alexandria Michele Adams of the Louisa area.
Samantha Paige Hughes, of Vanceburg, won the title and honor as the 2012-13 Miss Teen Lawrence County Septemberfest. She is a eighth-grade student at Lewis County Middle School and received a tiara, sash, trophy, floral tribute and special gifts. First Runner-up was Makayela Banks of Somerset.
The pageant committee extended its appreciation to the event sponsors and contributing patrons in supporting the 21st annual Miss and Miss Teen Lawrence County Septemberfest Pageant. Events Sponsors for the Miss Lawrence County Septemberfest Pageant were Brown Food Service, Inc. of Louisa, Food City of Louisa, Gabriel’s Toro Loco Mexican-American Restaurant, James D. Lester, D.M.D., Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance – Steve Montgomery, Louisa Rotary Club, Peoples Security Bank, and Wal Mart of Louisa.
Event Sponsors for Miss Teen Pageant included Goody’s of Louisa, Jackson Brothers Auto Service, Hometown Florist, Lara’s Bridals and Formals of Ashland, Louise Chapter #292, O.E.S., Riverview Family Practice, PSC, Sunshine Homemakers and Young Funeral Home.
Contributing Patrons for this year’s pageant were Down Home Grill of Louisa, Dr. Elaine DeSario of The Eye Care Center, Louisa Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Inc., Milano Cucina Italian Ristorante, Old China Buffet, Rebel Barn, Taylor Chiropractic Health Center – Dr. Tommy Taylor, D.C., Three Rivers Medical Center and Westwood Trophy Shop.