Eide named Rushford Peterson Valley Queen

TCR/Craig Johnson The Rushford Peterson Valley Queen Pageant was held on Monday night at the R-P School Theater. Pictured above is the 2019 Rushford Peterson Valley Royalty, front row (L-R): Little Miss Attendant Kora Kahoun and Little Miss Amelia Colbenson. Back row: Second Atten- dant Ariana Ramussen, Queen Alyvia Eide and First Attendant Lakyn Rasmussen.
By : 
Scott Bestul

Alyvia Eide is the new Rushford Peterson Valley Queen. Eide was crowned at the RP Valley Queen Pageant, held Monday evening at the high school auditorium. Joining Eide on the 2019 royalty are First Attendant Lakyn Rasmussen and Second Attendant Ariana Rasmussen. In keeping with tradition, the Little Miss competition was decided by drawing, and Amelia Colbenson was selected Little Miss RP Valley, and Kora Kahoun Little Miss Attendant.

The pageant, hosted by emcee Matt Rodenburg, was well-attended and included family and community members, as well as royalty courts from several area towns. Outgoing RP Valley Queen Faith Eide entertained the audience with a moving dance number titled “Miss You,” that she dedicated to her late grandmother and members of her 2018 court. Faith Eide and First Attendant Peyton Hoiness also presented a memory-packed and often-humorous photo reflection of their experiences during the past year.

New category for 2019 pageant

New to the pageant this year was a “service project” category, which replaced the talent portion of the previous competitions. The category change was actually embraced by 2018 court members Faith Eide and Hoiness, who hosted a “Color Run” event in May that was designed to raise funds for area children in need.

This year’s contestants were asked to identify a project that would benefit the community, describe why they thought it was necessary, and then present a plan for making that project a reality.

Alyvia’s service project was to replace a worn and outdated drinking fountain at the Historic Depot and Visitor Center. In a detailed and informative PowerPoint presentation, she not only described the need for a new drinking fountain, but also outlined the necessity of using refillable water containers as a replacement for environmentally harmful plastic.

Lakyn Rasmussen’s project idea was to create “tie blankets” that would be crafted by area volunteers and donated to Semcac for distribution to anyone in need.  Ariana Rasmussen’s project proposal was to create and host a musical talent show that would generate funds for programs hosted by the Rushford Area Society for the Arts (RASA). All projects were eloquently described and nicely presented in PowerPoint presentations delivered by the candidates.

Contestants were also rated by a three-judge panel on their performances in three additional categories: a formal interview held earlier Monday afternoon, an evening gown competition held during the pageant, and their answer to an impromptu question asked on-stage.

Eide looks forward to reign

In a brief interview following the pageant, Alyvia clearly demonstrated her enthusiasm, intelligence and social awareness. “I’m excited to represent the community and build relationships, especially with members of the royalty as we represent the area at events, in the coming year.”

Alyvia said her service project will meet a need already identified by community members. “The Lions Club had actually been talking about the drinking fountain and the need for a new one,” she said. “So when I learned about that I just took the idea and ran with it. I did a lot of research on the impact of plastic on the environment, and how we should encourage the use of refillable bottles.” The current drinking fountain is not only in disrepair, but makes refilling drinking containers difficult, and the model Alyvia is proposing as a replacement is designed for that use. Her proposal noted that a new model would cost about $1,100 and she would fund-raise to cover that cost. She has already had a community member volunteer to install the new unit.

The on-stage question, which candidates did not learn until asked by host Rodenburg, was: “What is the biggest change you’d like to see for the next generation?” Alyvia’s response was: “I’d like to see body shaming ended. We need to start accepting each the way we are.” Reflecting on that answer post-pageant, Eide said, “Social media has really taken a toll on women and their body confidence. We’ve really got to strive for a greater acceptance for all girls and women.”

Alyvia Eide is the daughter of Tyler and Erica Eide and was sponsored by Servais Tile. Lakyn Rasmussen is the daughter of Chad and Kim Rasmussen and was sponsored by Mel’s Shear Magic. Ariana Rasmussen is the daughter of Jeff and Grace Rasmussen and was sponsored by The Creamery. Amelia Colbenson is the daughter of Kyle and Angela Colbenson and was sponsored by Colby Cabinetry. Kora Kahoun is the daughter of Shawn and Jessica Kahoun and was sponsored by Jessie Street Java.