DAMARISCOTTA — Maine’s Harvest Miss Pageant was held Oct. 1 at Lincoln Theater. The event was a display of talent, volunteerism and fashion. Sixteen competitors vied for titles in several areas of competition.

The pageant is an official preliminary to the Maine Academic Scholarship pageant produced by Crossroads Youth Center, a nonprofit organization in Saco. The pageant is collaborating with the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta to provide volunteers and service opportunities for youth, as well as awareness of the bullying prevention programs of the pageant system’s platform, “The Crown C.A.R.E.S.”; Creating a Respectful Environment in Schools.

The division title winners were Olivia Kelley Powell, Jr., Princess of Biddeford; Claire Libby, Princess of Bristol; Sarah Goldrup, Preteen of Waldoboro; Elizabeth Bowman, Jr., Teen of Washington; Makayla Wilson, Teen of Belgrade; Zoe Grant, Miss of Camden; and Mikele Reynolds, Miss of Hermon.

Winner of the People’s Choice facebook contest award was Kelley-Powell. Junior Division Photogenic Winner was Annabella Truong, of Rockland, and Senior Division photogenic winner was Wilson.

Optional competition winners were Heaven Luce, of Waldoboro, in the Junior Talent Division; and Grant in the Senior Talent Division. Claire Libby, of Bristol, won the Junior Role Model competition, and Wilson won the Senior Role Model Competition. Junior Division Supermodel winner was Miranda Torrey, of Lisbon, and Senior Division Supermodel winner was Alison Lee, of Augusta.

The program was emceed by volunteers Lillie Mahan, Teen Miss Northeast Maine 2016 of Mars Hill, and Megan McKnight, Miss Northeast Maine 2016 of Presque Isle. Volunteer judges included Jennifer Hinkley, of Brunswick, Jessica Snowdeal, of Ellsworth, Mrs. Maine America 2016, and Abby Peabody, of Jefferson, current Ms. New England Elite Global Earth.

Each contestant competed in the events of Interview, Fun Fashion and Evening Gown, where the combined scores determined the division winners. Each contestant helped to collect funds that will go towards Crown CARES programs in the State of Maine by soliciting sponsors and donations for that cause.

Each of the division titleholders earned a scholarship to attend the Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant in August 2017, where they will have the opportunity to win a Miss Maine State Title and attend the USA National Miss Pageant in August 2018 in Florida.

Each titleholder has accepted the responsibility of being a Peer Ambassador for the Crown C.A.R.E.S. program.

To have the program visit your school, Troop or Scout program, daycare or church program in Lincoln County, call Sarah Libby at 563-2210 or visit www.uniteagainstbullyingME.org.


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