POINT PLEASANT — The second Miss Rhododendron Pageant was held last weekend at the West Virginia State Farm Museum. The pageant, which raises funds yearly for the Mason County Tourism Queen, attracted 14 contestants. This year’s Tourism Queen Amanda Baker, emceed the event.
Taking home titles for 2016 were Jaden Giles, Teen Miss; Corbin Casto, Junior Miss; Emerson Mizer, Young Miss; Abby Woodall, Little Miss, and Amanda Lewis, Tiny Miss.
Giles is the 16-year-old daughter of Tabitha Giles and Jason Giles of Spencer. First runner-up in the Teen Miss division went to Katelynn Demente, 15, daughter of Sherry and Sherman Potter, of Gallipolis, Ohio. Demente also was Teen Miss Photogenic.
Casto, 10, of Ripley, is the daughter of Jonathon and Cassie Casto. First runner-up went to Zoey Watson, of Point Pleasant. Watson, 10, and the daughter of Chris and Linda Watson, also won Junior Miss Photogenic.
Mizer is the 8-year-old daughter of Tim and Kristin Mizer, of New Philadelphia, Ohio. First runner-up and Young Miss Photogenic went to Aurora Cobb. She is the daughter of Iain and Nicole Sheridan, of Williamstown. Cobb also won Young Miss Photogenic.
Woodall, 6, of Point Pleasant, is the daughter of Michael and Tara Woodall. Little Miss first runner-up went to Makayla Billings, 5, daughter of Jared and Sarah Billings, of Gallipolis Ferry. Little Miss Photogenic was won by Neveah Ford, 6, daughter of Mindy McCarty, of New Haven.
Lewis is the 2-year old daughter of J.D. and Katlin Lewis of Gallipolis Ferry. First runner-up in the Tiny Miss division was Siobhan Sheridan, 3-year old daughter of Iain and Nicole Sheridan, of Williamstown. She also won Tiny Miss Photogenic.
Miss Ohio River this year was won by Emmaleigh Wilson. She is the daughter of Scott and Danielle Wilson, of Glenwood. Wilson brought in a total of 468 cans of food to capture this community service title. Ohio River Princesses also were crowned. They included: Siobhan Sheridan, Makayla Billings, Abby Woodall and Emerson Mizer. A grand total of 902 cans were collected by the contestants and donated to Crosslight of Hope.
Miss Kanawha River, a Crowd Favorite Award, was won by Brianne Adkins, the 8-year old daughter of Brian and Lesley Adkins, of Nitro.
Overall winners also were recognized during the pageant. These were the contestants with the highest score in each of the phases of competition. They included: Overall Beauty — Makayla Billings; Overall Party Wear — Corbin Casto; Overall Photogenic — Zoey Watson; and Overall Introduction — Aurora Cobb.
Crowning this year’s winners were last year’s and the first Rhododendron Royalty Dayja’ Leach, Teen Miss Queen and Miss Kanawha River; and Kadann Bonecutter, Junior Miss Queen.
Delyssa Edmonds is a coordinator for several pageants throughout the area.