Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Sept. 11 newspaper on Page A6.
WELLSTON — The Wellston OHillCo Festival held a “lottery-style” royalty contest again this year during the Tuesday festivities.
On Tuesday, Sept. 3 the annual mini queen contest was held on the Rotary Bandstand. There were 11 girls in the contest.
Each contestant was escorted on to the stage by a parent, or guardian. The contestant would wave to the crowd, then walk over to a table and the child would pick up a flower. Each flower was covered in tissue paper, so the child would not know the color of the flower.
After all of the contestants were on the stage and each little girl had a flower, they all unwrapped the tissue paper to discover the color flower they had.
The winner was chosen through a lottery. The girl who had a black flower was the mini queen, while two other girls who had white flowers were the co-attendants.
Aubree Leonard, 3, had the black flower, so she was named mini queen. Penelope Elliott, 3, and Natily Napper, 3, both had white flowers, so they were named co-attendants.
Leonard, Elliott and Napper each received a sash and crown. Everyone else got to keep their flowers to take home.
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