Harmony ready to choose new community ambassadors

This year marks the 19th year of the Miss Harmony Scholarship Program. Program coordinators Allison Whalen, MaryBeth Ostrom and Heidi Kingsley are very excited about the activities that lay ahead for the contestants.

This year’s Miss Harmony contestants are Madison Bakken, Katrina Bergey, Paige Donlinger, Daysha Erickson, Amara Nelson and Maddie Smith.

Madison is the daughter of Kayla and Bob Carroll and Brady and Kayla Bakken and is sponsored by Estelle’s Eatery and Bar.

Katrina is the daughter of Jerry and Jodi Bergey and is sponsored by RE/MAX Select Properties.

Paige is the daughter of Matt and Jessica Schultz and is sponsored by Kingsley Mercantile.

Daysha is the daughter of Brian and Annie Erickson and is sponsored by the Harmony Vet Clinic.

Amara is the daughter of Elizabeth Giese and is sponsored by Haugerud Painting and Drywall, Inc.

Maddie is the daughter of Todd and Tina Ristau and is sponsored by First Southeast Bank.

The program’s activities will take place June 25-29, ending with coronation on Saturday, June 30. The week’s events include the sponsors’ reception, game night, a pizza and pool party, pedicures, and a day full of informal and formal judging leading up to coronation on Saturday, June 30.

The contestants will also be putting in many hours volunteering around Harmony. Some of the locations include Harmony Healthcare, the visitors senter, Meals on Wheels, Harmony library, First Southeast Bank and Clara House. They will also be selling Fourth of July buttons at Harmony Foods at various times throughout the week.

Once again this year there will be a “Community Choice” award. This award goes to the contestant the members of the community have seen doing an outstanding job volunteering and representing Harmony. There will be a container for each Miss Harmony contestant in the lobby of First Southeast Bank and at Kingsley Mercantile where the public can drop money into the container of their choice. The containers will be available starting Monday morning, June 25, through Friday afternoon, June 29. They will also be available through intermission at coronation before being collected and counted. The contestant who receives the most money in her container will get the Community Choice award and all funds will be donated back to the pageant for expenses and scholarships.

The 2018 Miss Harmony Court will represent Harmony in parades and with volunteer hours around Harmony. They will also be working at the Conservation Club pancake breakfast at the fire hall in Harmony and judging the kiddie parade on the Fourth of July, serving at the Customer Appreciation picnic in August, helping with Breakfast with Santa in December and the Easter egg hunt.

Competing for Little Miss Harmony are nine girls entering either second or third grade this fall. These young ladies were asked to find a Harmony business as their sponsor. They will join the older candidates for the sponsors’ reception, polishing nails, pool party and judging. They can also join in on some of the volunteer activities. The following contests do a short interview with the judges who will choose the 2018 Little Miss Harmony.

This year’s Little Miss candidates are Sydney Barth, daughter of Chuck and Heather Barth and sponsored by Reel Tech LLC; Alayna Bothun, daughter of Troy and Ashley Bothun and sponsored by On The Crunchy Side; Georgia Foltz, daughter of Rodney Foltz and Lisa Morken and sponsored by Bruening Rock Products (Harmony Big Springs Quarry); Alexis Hershberger, daughter of Levi and Jessica Hershberger and sponsored by Oak Meadow Meats; Sophie Kingsley, daughter of Heidi Kingsley and Isaiah Kingsley and sponsored by Kingsley Mercantile; Ella Michel, daughter of Brian and Teresa Michel and sponsored by the Nicole Johnson Agency; Ginnie Randa, daughter of Jim and Janell Randa and sponsored by Harmony Chiropractic Office; Myla Schwarz, daughter of Jason and Mary Schwarz and sponsored by Morem Electric Inc.; and Gracie Whalen, daughter of Corey and Allison Whalen and sponsored by Blaine’s Auto Repair.

The community is invited to the Miss Harmony Coronation, which will be held on Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m. at the Fillmore Central High School stage gym. The 2018 Miss Harmony court will be chosen to represent Harmony by judges from outside the community. The court includes Miss Harmony, a first attendant, a second attendant, a Miss Congeniality and Little Miss Harmony.

Judging that evening will include stage presence and an onstage question. They will also present their commercials written about their sponsor, the Fourth of July festivities, the city of Harmony, or a combination of these. This is a great end to a full day of judging and activities for all of the contestants, who will have completed their formal and informal interviews with the judges.

The “Community Choice” containers, carnations to purchase for a favorite contestant and a silent auction will be fundraisers for program expenses and scholarships. Refreshments will be available for a free will donation at coronation.

Watch for the contestants around town and be sure to stop and visit with them. Each of them is looking forward to getting to know the community members and very excited about the week’s activities.

Coronation serves as a special kick-off to the Fourth of July activities in Harmony. Come and meet the new community ambassadors.