It was an evening of talent, speeches and evening gowns, culminating in the crowning of Miss Castlegar.
The Miss Castlegar 2016 Pageant was held Friday night and 12 accomplished young ladies competed to represent the city for the next year. Participants have been training since January, learning nutrition, make-up application and skin care, customer service and etiquette, safety, budgets and financial planning, and a choreographed dance number for the opening of the pageant.
Following their dance number, the girls introduced themselves and their sponsors, and then kicked off the talent portion of the evening. First place for the talent portion ended up going to Alexia Kardash, who performed a hula hoop routine, and Daira Batchelor was the runner up with a neon-glow juggling routine.
Pageant participants were then led onto the stage by Constable Tim Hart of the RCMP for the evening gown presentation, which was followed by the impromptu speech. The funniest answer was given by Batchelor, who when asked, “Why is your mother your role model?” at first responded world peace, before going on to say that her mother always sees the bright side of things.
After a brief intermission and a few speeches last year’s Miss Castlegar and Miss Castlegar Princess, Tenysha Ross-VanMierlo and Tyanna Esovoloff, walked the runway while their pre-recorded farewell speeches played.
Then it was time for the awards to begin. First place for the speech awards went to Cyan LeMoal and the runner up was Sara Illes. The Queen Committee Training award went to Angelina Hubert, the Perseverance award went to Chelsea Arnelien and the Miss Friendship award went to Illes.
Illes also claimed a crown, Esovoloff placing the Miss Castlegar Princess tiara on her head before Illes walked the runway a final time as the princess. The crowning of Miss Castlegar finished off the evening, with LeMoal claiming the crown.