Six contestants competed for the title Miss Carbon County Friday night at the Price Civic Auditorium. After an evening of competition, Celeste Smith was crowned Miss Carbon County.
Contestants in this year’s pageant included Smith, Brooklynn Mele, Mireya Molinar, Shanae Jensen, Hilary Growcock and Jenna Hansen.
Participants competed in lifestyle and fitness (swimsuit), talent, on-stage interview and evening gown categories. Each contestant was also interviewed by a panel of judges prior to the pageant. Scores from each category were tallied up and Smith was named the winner.
Molinar was selected as first attendant and Growcock was named second attendant. Each attendant received a $500 scholarship to USU Eastern and Smith received a $1,000 scholarship to the school, plus various other prizes.
Several special awards were also handed out at the pageant. The Community Service Award was issued to Hansen, who received a $100 scholarship from the Children’s Miracle Network. Growcock was named Miss Congeniality and received a $100 scholarship from the Coleen Neely family.
Pageant attendees had the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award by placing donations in shoes provided by the contestants. Smith received the most votes and a special gift basket provided by Dr. Scott Justesen at Castle Country Orthopedics. Funds gathered will be used for a future project sponsored by the Miss Carbon County organization.
Outgoing Miss Carbon County Brielle Bogdin and her father Ronnie Bogdin emceed the pageant. Brielle, along with Mini Miss Carbon County Tatum Tatton, Little Miss Carbon County Madisen Justesen and Miss Carbon County’s Outstanding Teen Addy Taylor each performed during the ceremony and helped hand out awards. Encore Dance Studio, Dance Technica, Carbon High drumline and Carbon High vocal jazz also performed at the event.