Friday, September 05, 2008
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Mount Pulaski Fall Festival kicks off in a puddle

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[September 05, 2008]  MOUNT PULASKI -- Mount Pulaski's Fall Festival opening program began on a soggy note when steady and sometimes heavy rains forced the program to move from the traditional location on the square to the newly opened Fellowship Building at Mount Pulaski Christian Church.

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 parade.


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