Pictured: (Back row, left to right) Tia Hulse, 2016 Miss Peach Days 2nd Attendant; Sierra Chamberlain, 2016 Miss Peach Days; Laci Hulse, 2016 Miss Peach Days 1st Attendant. (Front row, left to right) McKinlee Duncan, 2016 Miss Peach Days 2nd Attendant; Abby Wilson, 2016 Jr. Miss Peach Days; Lydia Price, 2016 Jr. Miss Peach Days 1st Attendant.
“Nothin’s Gonna Be the Same” was the theme for this year’s Peach Days Pageant and, for many of the young women who competed, that theme came true.
The evening was full of talent and poise as well as a few laughs as a total of thirteen contestants vied for the title of Junior Miss Peach Days or Miss Peach Days, depending on their age.
Contestants for Junior Miss Peach Days included Lydia Price, Kelsey Hulse, Faryn Hulse, Emily Mesler, Dallas Harris, La’Shay Clark, Abby Wilson and McKinlee Duncan. Those vying for the title of Miss Peach Days were Elexis Dalton, Tia Hulse, Sierra Chamberlain, Kendra Shore as well as Laci Hulse.
The evening’s emcees included Brett Behling who was joined by the 2015 Miss Peach Days and the 2015 Junior Miss Peach Days Sarah Swasey and Maryn Allred, respectively. Local musicians Jimmy Behling, John Behling, Dalton Bennet and Jesse Braun also provided musical entertainment throughout the evening.
The evening concluded with several awards being given out to the girls, including the royalty’s coveted crown and sash. Faryn Hulse was recognized for her contribution of selling the most tickets, a grand total of 59 and was awarded for her hard work. Lydia Price and Sierra Chamberlain were awarded the sportsmanship award in the junior and senior divisions, respectively, for their friendly attitudes throughout the pageant.
In the Junior Miss Peach Days category, for girls from seventh to ninth grade, McKinlee Duncan was named as the second attendant with Lydia Price being named as the first. Abby Wilson was named the 2016 Junior Miss Peach Days amidst cheers as well as a few tears.
The Miss Peach Days competition, which features young women from tenth grade to the age of 21, resulted in Tia Hulse being named as the second attendant with Laci Hulse as the first attendant. Sierra Chamberlain was crowned as the 2016 Miss Peach Days as the crowd showed their support and love for the newly announced queen.
Below are highlights from the night’s pageant.