Fair queen to be crowned Thursday

Reigning Emo Fair queen Kayla Lauzon will pass along her crown tomorrow night to one of this year’s contestants—Brittany Galusha, Ashley Jewett, Samantha Loveday, or Alyssa Vanderaa.
The crowning will follow the entertainment portion of the pageant, which gets underway at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre.
The four hopefuls have been working hard for most of the summer leading up to tomorrow night’s crowning, but they also have been enjoying the various tasks.
“It’s been really great hanging out with the other girls,” enthused Loveday.
“Everyone’s been really nice,” echoed Galusha.
Loveday, Galusha, and Vanderaa—all residents of Fort Frances—already knew each other before the pageant began but Jewett, who attends Rainy River High School, has gotten to know the others well.
“We all get along,” Jewett stressed. “It’s been great.”
The four have attended the stock car races, where they painted children’s faces, participated in parades around the area, and even helped paint the fence around the Emo Speedway.
“The girls have been really good,” noted Sis Wilson, who is co-organizing the pageant with her sister, Trisha. Both are former fair queens who took on the role this year from long-time organizer Joyce Meyers.
“It’s been busy—what I expected, plus more,” Wilson added.
The judging of the following six elements determines which of the four contestants will take the crown:
•Banners—the contestants make their own banners, which are judged on materials, originality, and overall appeal (worth 15 percent);
•Fashion show—the contestants choose three outfits to model and are judged on poise, appropriateness of attire, and eye contact (worth 20 percent);
•Entertainment—the contestants prepare an entertaining number, which is judged on originality, preparation, and audience rapport (worth 20 percent);
•Interview—the contestants are asked a series of questions by the judges and are marked on composure and response (worth 15 percent);
•Float—the contestants each decorate a float for the Emo Fair parade and are judged on originality, effort, and use of recycled materials (worth 15 percent); and
•Button sales—the contestants sell promotional buttons and are assessed by the number of buttons sold (worth 15 percent).
The interviews took place last week during a “meet and greet” barbecue at the Lions Park in Emo while the fashion show was held Monday night upstairs at the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre after a public dinner.
The four girls had to choose a casual, career-oriented, and formal outfit to model. Each donned a denim skirt, white top, and accessories to show off a casual look.
Galusha wore dress pants and a blouse, and carried a briefcase, to illustrate her future goal of interior decorating while Vanderaa sported active wear highlighting her ambitions of sport physiotherapy.
Loveday wore a nursing uniform because she wants to become a registered nurse while Jewett modelled a white medical coat, demonstrating her desire to become a pediatrician.
Each also showed off a formal dress—escorted by their respective sponsors.
Like the fashion show, the results of the banner, interview, float, and button sales portions already have been determined, but they will not be announced until after the entertainment segment tomorrow night.
This year’s judges are Ken Brown, Heather Oltsher, Candy Teeple, and Shelley McTavish.
“The winner will be someone community-minded, responsible, and ambitious,” Trisha Wilson explained.
And since the four contestants have become good friends, they all wish the others good luck.
“It really doesn’t matter who wins,” Vanderaa noted. “It’s just been a really good experience.”

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