Holliday captures FITS crown

After weeks of activities and competition, Allyssa Holliday was crowned Miss Fun in the Sun 2006 on Saturday at Pither’s Point Park.
Just hours before the crowning moment, Holliday had explained that when she entered the annual pageant, she wasn’t really sure if it was the right kind of competition for her.
“I was worried that it was just a beauty pageant, but it was so much more than that,” she remarked. “I loved being involved in the community and getting to know the other girls.
“The whole experience was so much fun—a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end,” she added.
With a huge smile on her face throughout the whole afternoon, Holliday explained that waiting on stage for pageant organizers to call out the name of the winner is very flustering.
“I get really nervous, and I am not usually nervous,” she noted. “If you see me up there with a huge smile on my face, it means I’m very nervous.”
Holliday also was very excited about her upcoming year as Miss Fun in the Sun, but responded very practically when asked what she hoped to accomplish as the reigning queen.
“I don’t think I’ll save the world, but I want to help out a lot,” she said.
She also said she had big shoes to fill following Sara DeGagne as Miss Fun in the Sun 2005.
“Sara did so much and I want to do the same,” Holliday enthused. “I also want to make it really fun for all the girls next year.”
Four other girls were vying for this year’s crown. Liz Black wound up being named First Princess while Shanna Ewald was the Second Princess.
Chelsea Bragg won Miss Congeniality, which was voted on through secret ballot by the contestants themselves, who were rounded out by Sonnie Martin.
The three royalty will spend the next year representing Fort Frances in community events such as parades, as well as through community service hours.
Each one will have to put in 40-50 hours of community service before she will receive the scholarship money that goes along with the titles.
The money each girl will received has not been determined yet as it is based on the profits from the Fun in the Sun event.
“We made the change so that the girls do not receive the money until after they have completed these hours in order to ensure that they remain active in the community,” said Melissa Gushulak, one of the pageant organizers.
She explained the main groups the trio will be involved with in the next year will be Mitts for Kids, Meals on Wheels, and Community Living.
“We are hoping to get them doing Meals on Wheels every month,” Gushulak noted.
She also said the highlight of the competition is not who wins, but the commitment and work all of the girls have to make during the weeks leading up to the crowning.
“I have to commend these girls for making such a big commitment at their age,” Gushulak remarked. “They were a great group of girls with positive attitudes.”
The five contestants took part in eight events prior to Canada Day, including hosting a spaghetti dinner, garage and bake sales, and staging the annual entertainment night.
They also had to take part in community service events, such as Meals on Wheels and each create a float for the Canada Day parade.
Each girl was judged by four judges (one of them being a secret judge) at every event they attended.
Some of the categories the judges were looking at were attitude, enthusiasm, customer interaction, participation, personality, and appearance.