Pageantry to kick off Harvestfest
The Little Miss Harvestfest contest was held at the Delhi Masonic Lodge Thusday, Sept. 13, 2012. Raven Smith, 9, was crowned Little Miss and Rylin Gee, 5, was awarded runner up. (SARAH DOKTOR Simcoe Reformer)
While most little girls dream of becoming a teacher or veterinarian, Raven Smith has aspirations of being a professional baseball player.
The nine-year-old St. Frances Cabrini School student’s personality shone through at the Little Miss Harvestfest contest held Thursday at the Masonic Lodge in Delhi.
Thirteen girls ages five to nine fully clad in their best dresses answered a variety of questions posed by Harvestfest chair Debbie Wilbur.
Smith won top prize, with Rylin Gee, 5, receiving runner-up.
Gee won over the judges with her personality while blowing kisses to the audience.
She also provided a heartwarming answer to the question, “What would you do with the prize money if you won?”
“I will give it to the sick kids that are in the hospital,” she answered.
Smith gave a similar answer.
“I would give some to charity and buy some stuff for myself,” she said.
Following the competition, Smith was pleased with her performance but admitted it wasn’t easy.
“I was a little bit nervous, but it was fun,” she said.
This was her second attempt at the crown. Her past experience may have helped her take the lead over the other competition.
The judges were looking for a child that displayed personality and excitement.
“We found she was really confident in her answers,” said judge Dana Johnson.
As Little Miss, Smith will represent the festival in the Harvestfest parade in Delhi on Saturday, the Delhi Christmas parade and the Canada Day parade in Port Dover.
Smith also received a sash, crown, $100 cash, and assorted prizes.
The Little Miss competition also acted as the opening ceremonies for the 42nd annual Harvestfest, which will be held at the Delhi Community Centre Arena this weekend.
“We will have a little something for everyone,” said Wilbur.
Festivities kick off Friday with a CWI wrestling performance at 6:30 p.m. Vendors will be open daily at 10 a.m.
The festival has been downsized in recent years and criticized for moving away from the downtown core, however, “The future is looking very promising,” Wilbur told the crowd.
The festival hopes to add more musical entertainment, a complete midway and bring back the tobacco tying and curing contests in the future.
This weekend’s festival highlights include:
• A tractor show will be held downtown from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• The annual parade will wind through downtown beginning at 11 a.m.
• The Delhi Firemen Association’s water barrel competition will begin at 2 p.m. at Quance Mill Park
• Delhi Kinsmen will run a beer garden and live entertainment at the Delhi Community Arena Friday and Saturday night.
• Delhi Kinsmen will serve breakfast at Quance Mill Park from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
• The 25th annual Dead End Street Rodders’ show and shine car show will be held at Quance Mill Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Delhi Minor Hockey will host a street hockey tournament at the Delhi Community Arena from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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