The last Old Home Week queen?

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PARRSBORO Jessica Wheaton placed the crown on Sidnee Falkenhams head last week, crowning what could be Parrsboros last Old Home Week Queen.

The pageant could be cancelled after this year unless interest picks up among local girls eligible for participation, according to pageant chairman Lloyd Smith, who said only two had agreed to participate at the cut-off date this year, and organizers had to spend two weeks scrambling to come up with four more.

The last Old Home Week queen?

PARRSBORO Jessica Wheaton placed the crown on Sidnee Falkenhams head last week, crowning what could be Parrsboros last Old Home Week Queen.

The pageant could be cancelled after this year unless interest picks up among local girls eligible for participation, according to pageant chairman Lloyd Smith, who said only two had agreed to participate at the cut-off date this year, and organizers had to spend two weeks scrambling to come up with four more.

We do have six but it took a lot of scrambling at the last minute to really make this happen, he told those gathered for the crowning ceremony on July 12. I believe the Lions Club has to really look at whether the queens pageant is going to continue as part of Old Home Week, or whether we look at another avenue to fill this spot.

The club almost cancelled the event three years ago when it experienced difficulty attracting contestants, he explained.

In existence since 1961, the queens pageant is good for the community and a very good experience for the young people taking part, according to Smith, who said it is important for them to experience the interview process with the judges and participate in community events.

The contestants not only participate in the popular Old Home Week street parade, but also serve at the annual Lioness dinner as part of the pageant process.

This years winner, the 17-year-old daughter of Eldon and Laura Falkenham and Grade 11 student at Parrsboro Regional High School, was thrilled to be named queen for 2007 and happy with her experience.

Awesome! said Sidnee, describing her feelings after not only winning the queens crown, but also being named Miss Congeniality by her peers in the contest. The first time (they called my name) I was thinking wow, this is crazy, but the second time was just overwhelming.

Jessica Ward, the 17-year-old of Heather and Larry Ward, was named princess.

Jessica Wheaton, the outgoing 2006 queen, thanked the large crowd for coming out despite the rainy weather, and thanked the Lions and Lioness clubs for the efforts they put into Old Home Week year after year.

To the judges Dawn London of Dieppe, N.B. and Trina Atkinson and Diane Conrad of Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. she offered no assistance.

Im glad Im not a judge, because I wouldnt be able to pick (a winner), she said. They all deserve to win.

Organizations: Lions Club, Parrsboro Regional High School

Geographic location: Dieppe, Atlanta, Georgia

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