- Local Guide
This yearâ€™s Laurel Pageant was held on Wednesday evening â€” the first day of the ongoing festival â€” naming the queen and her court.
This yearâ€™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.