(From left) Princess Taylor Rector, Princess Samantha Shaw, 2010 Old Home Week Queen Alyson Pickard and Princess Danielle McCulley took to the stage at the Lions Arena for the annual queen’s pageant on Friday, July 16. Jamie Heap – The Citizen
PARRSBORO – A large crowd was on hand to witness Alyson Pickard being crowned the 2010 Old Home Week Queen on Friday, July 16 at the Lions Arena in Parrsboro.
Lion Lewis Brown introduced this year’s participants, (Samantha Shaw, Taylor Rector, Alyson Pickard and Danielle McCulley) who were greeted with a round of applause as they made their way down the aisle and onto the stage. Joining them on stage were 2009 First Princess Kaitlin Pettigrew (2009 Queen Katie Allen was unable to attend), judges Madge Potter and Walter Eckhart from New York, Parrsboro Mayor Lois Smith and Cumberland South MLA Murray Scott.
Alyson Pickard was also voted Miss Congeniality by her peers.
Judges Eckhart and Potter were presented with a gift from the Lions Club as a token of appreciation for their efforts. Potter described the “four beautiful girls, the first time we ever met them. They were all very friendly and cordial and all of you should be proud of them. It was a hard decision to decide who should win.”
As a result of how evenly matched the four girls were, Hartman stated that, “this year, we will not be distinguishing between first, second and third Princesses. Instead, I will randomly read the names of the four girls; the last name to be read will be crowned Queen.” Taylor Rector was announced first, followed by Danielle McCulley. Hartman hesitated for a moment before announcing Samantha Shaw’s name, making Alyson Pickard the queen.
Queen Alyson will be participating in the Port Greville firemen’s field day parade Saturday, Aug. 7.