New winners to be crowned at IC Middle School


The ever popular Little Miss Pageant will crown two new winners this year.

IMLAY CITY — New winners will be crowned at the annual Little Miss and Junior Miss pageants in Imlay City this weekend.

Contestants were required to attend Imlay City schools in order to participate. Christian school and homeschooled students were also welcome to enter.

The event will be held in the Imlay City Middle School.

At last year’s event, there were plenty of smiles and waves to the crowd during the Imlay City Little Miss Pageant. Proud family members snapped pictures of their favorite entries.

A year ago, ten entrants in two divisions spent several days preparing for the competition that was hailed as “Girl Power.”

More than 60 proud parents, grandparents and other guests filled the room last year as the young entrants performed numerous variety acts including dancing and public speaking.

Event organizers say last year’s event was the first time the pageant had been held in the past three years, due to the COVID pandemic. In a former life, the pageant was associated with the Miss Blueberry Festival.

Those entered in last year’s Little Miss competition included Presley Stroup, Rosalie Fekel, Thea Campbell, Elowen Geschke, Harley Barzyk, Piper Stroup and Evelyn Fekel.

Just three entrants were in the Junior Miss division a year ago: Nevaeh Ritten, Anastasia Madeline and Mya Medrano.

Judges for last year’s event were Michelle Barton, Tiffany Guerrero, Trinity Stoldt, Kaitlin Schultz and Cheyenne Roy.

The judges named Presley Stroup as the winner in the Little Miss category and Nevaeh Ritten was the winner in the Junior Miss division.

Piper Stroup was first runner-up and Thea Campbell was second runner-up in the Little Miss division. Anastasia Madeline was first runner-up in the Junior Miss division while Mya Medrano was second runner-up.

Darrien Aguinaga, a former winner in Imlay City pageants, crowned the two winners and handed out awards to the first and second runner-ups in each category.

Organizers of the event say they appreciate all the sponsors who help make the competition possible. The lucky winners will be riding on a float in various area parades and festivals this summer.

For more information on this weekend’s pageants, you can contact the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce.