Even though COVID-19 prompted the cancellation of the annual Miss Castlegar pageant, a new princess was crowned last week to ensure the city still had two ambassadors ready to serve if needed.
Back in March, Rhyan Johnstone, Miss Castlegar 2019/20 resigned her position for personal reasons, prompting the Castlegar Queen Committee to look for a replacement.
The comittee decided to open the envelope that contained the name of the runner-up in the Miss Castlegar 2019 Pageant. That turned out to be Hailey Gleboff, who was then named Castlegar Princess to join Luisa Glowalla, the other Castlegar Princess for 2019/20.
But COVID-19 hit and a formal crowning presentation for Gleboff could not take place at the time.
“Unfortunately, we had to cancel the remainder of the Miss Castlegar training for this year (2020/21),” said Castlegar Queen Committee member Carol Sommerville.
“We will be inviting this year’s five candidates to return next year when we can hopefully resume our program.”
The Miss Castlegar 2020 pageant, scheduled to coincide with Sunfest in June, was also cancelled. Since it could not be held, last year’s princesses were given the opportunity to continue to volunteer as ambassadors for another year.
“Gleboff will be available to volunteer for whatever events may be able to happen,” said Sommerville.
Princess Luisa Glowalla gave the opportunity serious consideration, but she was unable to commit for another year due to her heavy Grade 12 course load and work schedule.
But Sommerville says Glowalla enjoyed her reign as Castlegar Princess and is grateful she had the opportunity to represent Castlegar.
A small crowning ceremony took place last week for Gleboff. Her banner and tiara were presented to her by the 2018 Castlegar Princess — her sister Tara Gleboff.