The Oak Harbor Apple Festival Royalty conducted preliminaries for the 2011-2012 court on Sunday, September 11. The judges have narrowed down the contestants to two candidates for Queen and two candidates for Princess, they have also chosen the 2011-2012 Apple Blossom and Johnny Appleseed.
This year’s contestants for Apple Festival Queen include Shawna Brough and Makaila Price.
Shawna Brough, is the 17 year old daughter of Terri Brough and John Brough. She is a junior at Oak Harbor High School. Shawna has volunteered to work the blood drive and has made the honor roll each year of her high school career. She’s been in karate for seven years where she volunteers as an assistant martial arts instructor. Shawna also works as a hostess at the Island House Restaurant.
Makaila Faith Price, is the 14 year old daughter of Denny and Tonya Price. She is a freshman at Oak Harbor High School. In her years at the Oak Harbor Middle School, she was awarded perfect attendance, was on the honor and merit roll, and received The University of Toledo Academic Scholarship, and was a member of Student Council. Makaila is a 9 year member of 4-H where she served as secretary for 2 clubs and participated in Adopt-A-Road as a community service project, and she has participated in the Ohio State Fair with Sewing and Cake Decorating. She plays softball where she serves as team catcher, was a member of the 2009 and 2011 All Star Team, and is also involved in basketball and FCCLA. Makaila was princess on the 2009-2010 Apple Festival Royalty Court and Apple Blossom in 2003-2004.
This year’s contestants for Apple Festival Princess are Paige Crouch and Linda Nietfeld.
Paige Crouch, is the 12 year old daughter of David and Kelly Crouch. She is a seventh grader at Oak Harbor Middle School where she is in the Jr. High Choir and plays flute in the band. She also earned an academic achievement award last school year. Paige plays soccer, is a member of the Harbor Lites Baton Corp., the “Back In The Saddle” 4-H Club and an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She earned the Outstanding Horse Exhibitor award at the age of 8, this year she earned Outstanding Interview for testing out of the skill-a-thon at the Ottawa County Fair. In baton she earned both personal and corp. awards for twirling and has won many modeling awards at baton competitions. Paige has gone to state many times with her soccer team.
Linda Nietfeld, is the 14 year old daughter of Lauri and James Nietfeld. She is an eighth grader at Oak Harbor Middle School where she is a member of the choir. When Linda sees litter on the ground she picks it up and disposes of it properly, she also helps the elderly as much as possible. She has received an award for doing a good deed and an award for most improved. She also attends church.
Emma Hughes was chosen as this year’s Apple Blossom. She is the six year old daughter of Valerie Winterfield and Bryan Hughes. Emma is a first grader at RC Waters Elementary School. She is in Girl Scouts and plays soccer and baseball.
Noah Zimmerman was chosen as Johnny Appleseed. He is the six year old son of Tim Zimmerman and Carmen Daft. Noah is also a first grader at Immaculate Conception School. He participated in the fair this year, where he showed flowers and won Best of Show with his petunias. Noah also attended Cloverbud Camp.
The current Apple Festival Royalty Court would like to invite everyone to attend this year’s Royalty Contest which takes place Saturday, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. on the Main Stage (in front of the post office) at the Apple Festival and meet your 2011-2012 Oak Harbor Apple Festival Court.