Watson crowned queen at Girard Days

Watson crowned queen at Girard Days

The 47th annual Miss Girard Queen Pageant held at the park in downtown Girard Sunday night was nothing short of magical. With a storybook theme of “Once Upon a time”; princesses, genies, damsels and knights performed their hearts out to a crowd of hundreds.

Leading up to the big event, Girard residents hosted a teen dance, washers tournament, Kiwanis Kids races, a blood drive, country singers, gospel singers and a talent show; among other fun events. Throughout it all, the Girard Fire and Rescue volunteers cooked up enough tasty food to keep everyone’s bellies full.

This year’s queen is Sarah Watson, daughter of Jason Watson and Anna Watson. During the pageant, Sarah competed in an interview session, swimsuit contest and evening gown competition. Sarah commented her favorite quote is “Be yourself, because those who matter don’t mind and those that mind don’t matter.” With her genuine smile and positive presence, she was crowned 2015 Miss Girard under fireworks and a standing ovation.

Joining Watson on stage was the winners of this year’s 2015 Little Miss and Mister Pageant. Jacqueline Enrietta and Ryan Crawford will join Watson during many of her community royalty duties during 2015. Jacqueline is the daughter of Nick and Danielle Enrietta and Ryan is the son of Brian and Helen Crawford. Outgoing Miss Girard, Emily Buhl, gave a farewell address to the community of Girard as her title of Miss Girard was bestowed upon Sarah. Buhl commented that during her time as queen, “I was impressed with the details; how much work goes into our town.”

The pageant featured over 50 participants that graced a Broadway quality decorated stage with costumes to rival any other area production. Lisa Kiel served as emcee and led the crowd through the land of fairytales as the performers danced and shimmied to acts from the Wizard of Oz to Aladdin. The pageant was directed by Tausha Hart, Kimmy Eldridge Crystal Creasey, Becky Adams and Jeanette Earley.

The Girard Chamber of Commerce and North Mac schools also had a variety of fundraising games and the ongoing renovation of the Community Building was on display for residents to tour. The building is getting closer to completion and will house a large banquet room and historical museum.