This weekend will mark the start of festivities for the 57th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Emmetsburg. As in years past, this most Irish of weeks will begin with the crowning of the Miss Shamrock, Little Miss Shamrock, Little Lassie and Irish Miss. ?
The Annual Junior Miss and the Miss Shamrock Pageants will take place this Sunday, March 12, at 3 p.m. in the Emmetsburg High School Auditorium. The doors will open to the public at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Once again, a great field of contestants will take to the stage to vye for one of the three Junior Miss titles on Sunday afternoon.
Little Miss Contestants
A field of five young ladies are seeking the title of Little Miss Shamrock for 2017. The reigning Little Miss Shamrock, Graesha Cody of Estherville, will present a ballet routine to "How Far I'll Go" before she crowns her successor from this group of five contestants, who are between the ages of five and eight years of age.
Ryleigh Fay is the daughter of Dane and Tracy Ross of Estherville. Ryleigh will perform a ballet dance titled "Kerchoo" for her talent selection.
Keely Rae Sikora is the daughter of Mark and Raeonna Sikora of Ruthven. Keely will perform a tumbling routine entitled "Cheerleader"?as her talent presentation.
Natalie Bunda is the daughter of Tim and Joan Bunda of Emmetsburg. For her talent presentation, Natalie will sing "I'll Always Remember You."
Makenna Burns is the daughter of Justin and Abby Burns of Emmetsburg. Makenna will sing "The Hokey Pokey"?as her talent presentation.
Addison Hanson is the daughter of Jon and Ashley Hanson of Graettinger. Addison will present a Jazz dance solo to "Hot-Hot-Hot" in the talent competition.
Little Lassie Contestants
A field of five young ladies will be seeking the title of Little Lassie for 2017 on Sunday afternoon The reigning Little Lassie, Macy Alderson of Graettinger, will present a Hip-Hop Dance routine to "Rock With Me" before she crowns her successor from this group of five contestants, who are between the ages of nine and 12 years of age.
Audrianna VanHeuvelen is the daughter of Dave and Laura VanHeuvelen of Emmetsburg. Audrianna will sing the vocal solo, "My Lighthouse" as her talent selection.
Jordyn Rose Luft is the daughter of Heather and Dom Sanculi and Jeff and Kristal Luft, all of Ruthven. Jordyn will perform a vocal solo, "True Colors" during the talent competition.
Mara Koenck is the daugher of Daren and Suzy Koenck of Graettinger. Mara will performa a vocal solo of the song "Hallelujah" for her talent selection.
Reese Taylor is the daughter of Missy Jostand and Robert Taylor of Graettinger. Reese will perform a dance routine to "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider" as her talent presentation.
Rachel Schany is the daughter of Jeff and Erin Schany of Emmetsburg. Rachel will perform a Lyrical Dance routine to the song, "Home Again" in the talent portion of the program.
Irish Miss Contestants
A group of four teens will compete Sunday for the honor of being named Irish Miss for 2017. The reigning Irish Miss, Hannah VanHeuvelen of Emmetsburg, will sing "Thy Will" before she crowns her successor from this quartet of contestants, who are between the ages of 13 and 16 years of age.
Riley Shryock is the daughter of Teresa Dalen of Estherville. Riley will present a Theatrical Danc eto the number, "Popular"? during the talent section of the program.
Tatum Iverson is the daughter of Shannon and Renee Iverson of Emmetsburg. Tatum will perform a vocal solo, "My church" as her talent presentation.
Jenna Joyce is the daughter of Jerry and Angie Joyce of Graettinger. Jenna will present a Clog routine to "Sold" as her talent selection.
Annie Brennan is the daughter of Rick and Diane Brennan of Emmetsburg. Annie will present a vocal solo to "Blessings" for her talent presentation.
The Junior Miss Pageants will be held in conjunction with the Miss Shamrock Pageant on Sunday afternoon.