Laurel Festival Queen named
This year’s Laurel Pageant was held on Wednesday evening — the first day of the ongoing festival — naming the queen and her court.
This year’s Laurel Queen is Mariah Gareis of Sigel (front, center).
Her court includes (front, from left) Laurel Princess Ashley Himes, Laurel Prince Grayden McMaster, (back) first runner-up and Miss Congeniality Kylee Murray, second runner-up Kayleen Schuckers and third runner-up April Nicole Hetrick.
Contestants were judged based on a talent portion, an evening gown presentation and their answers to an impromptu question.