The change of location did not dampen the enthusiasm of the
contestants for the children's pageants, though. Judges Marsha
Stoll, Amy Cherry and Steve Snodgrass had their jobs cut out for
them with the adorable contestants in the three competitions. Melody
Bradesku was the emcee for the night. Her job was to calm stage
fright and help the contestants shine.
Cutest Lil' Farmer winner Jordan Lee Jackson Benner warmed the
crowd with his choice of favorite food: a peanut butter and jelly
sandwich in the shape of a heart. Benner's hobbies include reading
with Mommy, mowing with Daddy and riding in the combine with "Grandpoppy."
It was plain to see that he truly wants to be a farmer when he grows
up. Jordan is 4 years old and is the son of Bill and DeLeina Benner.
After a bashful start, Kaylee Wilham was crowned Little Miss
Mount Pulaski. Kaylee is the 6-year-old daughter of Aaron and
Jennifer Wilham. She likes macaroni and cheese, playing with her
dolls, and wants to be a doctor or nurse when she grows up.
And the winner of the Junior Miss Mount Pulaski contest was
8-year-old Olivia Letterle, daughter of Brian and Shelley Letterle.
Olivia was poised as she answered questions about her favorite food
(Oreos), her hobbies (soccer and swimming) and her intention of
becoming a celebrity when she grows up. She doesn't care what kind
of a celebrity ... anything famous.
All three children received prizes and will ride in Saturday's
[By JO HILLIARD]
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