Royalities crowned during Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival
Crowds gathered at the gazebo area of Veterans Park on Saturday to witness the crowning of three young ladies during the annual Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival pageants.
“The crowd this year was really nice,” said Leigh Langgle, co-chairperson of the pageant.
Winners of the 2013 pageants are Adeline Kubasky, 13, crowned the new “Miss;” Madison Kirshner, 12, the new “Young Miss;” and Brooke Sillaman, 4, “Little Miss.”
Forty-five females, ages 4 through 18, competed for the titles this year.
“This is a really remarkable group of young ladies, and all are wonderful representatives of their town,” said Scott Cessna from Altoona, a judge for the event.
The young contestants showed off sporting wear, evening gowns and answered questions.
The contestants for the Miss contest were asked about their interests, their future plans and then each were given a random question.
Kubasy was asked, “Why do you think you would make a good Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Miss.”
“I say this humbly, I've held other titles over the years and I know the time and effort that is involved and I truly loved every minute of it,” she said.
Other awards that were presented at the event included the “Spirit” award, Miss Congeniality, Director's Choice, Miss Photogenic and a special award for volunteerism.
The pageant stayed under its two-hour window.
“This was very well put together and organized,” volunteer Alina Mehalic said. “This is what keeps people coming back year after year.”
“Dance Moms” Jill Vertes, Christi Lukasiac and Kelly Hyland were also judges.
“This was so exciting,” Vertes said. “This was such a nice event and the girls are all so gorgeous. We usually don't do things like this, we usually only do things with dance and this was different for us and it was really a lot of fun. I enjoyed it.”
The new title holders made their first public appearance in the festival parade later in the day. They were the young ambassadors for the festival for the three-day event.
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.