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Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer   
May 05, 2010 05:00 am

Lueckfeld to reign over 71st Azalea Festival
It was almost “winner take all” during the 2010 Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant Saturday night at the Brookings Church of the Nazarene.

It was Princess Ashley Lueckfeld who was selected by a panel of judges to reign over the 2010 Azalea Festival themed “Beauty and the Beach” scheduled for Memorial Day weekend May 28-31. She was crowned by 2009 Queen Kayla Hamm.

Although it was the judges who chose Lueckfeld as queen, she was chosen Miss Congeniality by her princess peers and received the award for the most tickets sold.

The panel of judges – consisting of Debra Wright, Becky Ross, Barbara Lopez and Bill McMillan – did, however, choose Princess Kelly Aldrich to serve as first runner-up. Winning the talent competition was Princess Shalynn Doan.

It was almost “winner take all” during the 2010 Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant Saturday night at the Brookings Church of the Nazarene.

It was Princess Ashley Lueckfeld who was selected by a panel of judges to reign over the 2010 Azalea Festival themed “Beauty and the Beach” scheduled for Memorial Day weekend May 28-31. She was crowned by 2009 Queen Kayla Hamm.

Although it was the judges who chose Lueckfeld as queen, she was chosen Miss Congeniality by her princess peers and received the award for the most tickets sold.

The panel of judges – consisting of Debra Wright, Becky Ross, Barbara Lopez and Bill McMillan – did, however, choose Princess Kelly Aldrich to serve as first runner-up. Winning the talent competition was Princess Shalynn Doan.

Before the pageant began, the five princesses – Lueckfeld, Aldrich, Doan, Alycia Jacobson and Sarah Miller – had breakfast with the judges and spent the day preparing for the evening’s grand festivities.

During the pageant, the princesses presented an opening line dance that fit the evening’s Western theme. Each princess then demonstrated their talent. Jacobson presented a comedy skit impersonating Chef Julia Child preparing a stuffed chicken, Lueckfeld and Miller each sang  a song with live accompaniment, Aldrich showed her paintings to music, and Doan performed an original song.

The princesses introduced themselves as they modeled street attire. Later they walked down the runway in evening attire and presented a curtsy. Following the trip down the runway, the girls were asked a question by Master of Ceremonies David Wohlman of KURY Radio.

During the evening-gown presentation, the princesses were escorted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Chetco River. Jacobson was escorted by Seaman Alex Jobe, Lueckfeld by Fireman Josh Koch, Miller by Fireman Eric Rogers, Aldrich by Boatswain Mate 2nd Class Scott Harrison, and Doan by Boatswain Mate 3rd Class Kenley Stewart.

While the princesses were backstage preparing for the next portion of the pageant, the audience, which nearly filled the house, was entertained by Grace Notes, an all-girl choir from Brookings-Harbor High School, and Sea Breeze, the school’s vocal jazz ensemble. Both groups were directed by district vocal music instructor Greg Goode.

The audience was also introduced to the Mr. BHHS contestants. The contestants will be competing in a Doernbecher Children’s Hospital fundraiser that spoofs the pageant. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at Redwood Theater, 621 Chetco Ave., Brookings.

Following the pageant, Queen Ashley and her court went to the church’s fellowship hall followed by members of the audience who wished to congratulate them. Cake, refreshments and decorating the hall were done by the parents of the princesses.

The selection of the princesses began in December when about a dozen girls were interviewed by the Azalea Festival Pageant Scholarship Board. After the five were chosen, they began learning about poise, makeup, skin care and public speaking. Each princess also had to raise a minimum of $800 for wardrobe and travel expenses. Each girl will receive a scholarship based on ticket, sponsor and advertising revenue.

In March, the girls were introduced to the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce and received their tiaras.

During the Azalea Festival, the queen and her court will be in the parade and introduced at the program at Azalea Park. The queen will also be selecting ribbons at various shows throughout the festival.

 

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