Ten vying for Old Home Week crown

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Busy week of activities planned for Parrsboro

Ten young ladies are vying for the crown of the Old Home Week queen in Parrsboro this year. Old Home Week activities take place from Monday to Saturday, with the crowning of the queen taking place on Friday evening.

PARRSBORO – The crowning of the Old Home Week queen will once again highlight a busy week of activities planned by the Parrsboro Lions Club.

Ten young ladies are vying this year for the crown now worn by 2012 queen Audriana Smith. Further details about this year’s contestants can be found at the end of this article.

The week’s activities will kick off on Monday, July 8 with a family kite flying event at Partridge Island at 3 p.m. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m.

On Tuesday, July 9, the RCMP will be hosting a bicycle rodeo at the Lions Arena parking lot at 2 p.m.

Wednesday’s main attraction will be the grand street parade, which will set out from the Parrsboro Regional High School parking lot on King Street at 6:30 p.m. The Parrsboro Leo Club will once again be collecting for the local food bank during the parade.

On Thursday, July 11, the doll carriage parade will be held on Lower Main Street at 2 p.m., with participants marching from the Main & Station building to the town hall property.

Also on Thursday, the Lions supper will be held at the Trinity United Church Hall from 4:30 to 6 p.m., where all are welcome to come and meet the pageant contestants.

The crowning of the Old Home Week queen will take place at the arena on Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m.

Hinchey’s Rides and Amusements will be available on the fairgrounds from Wednesday to Saturday, 6-11 p.m.

Entertainment at the arena this year will feature Crystal Taylor on Thursday, Gordon Tucker and Friends on Friday, and Rob Bentley and Patti Dauphinee on Saturday.

Following are messages from each of this year’s Old Home Week queen’s pageant contestants:

Alexandrea Forbes, 16 – “I’ve loved animals ever since I was little. I live with my father, Mike Forbes. I'm good at football, volleyball and baseball. I want to become an animal rescuer or anything to do with animals. This pageant has been going on for years and, when I came down here for the first time when I was little, I saw the pretty gowns and wanted to be the girl with the pretty gown.”

Josie Redmond – “I’m 16 years old and am in Grade 10. My parents are Jeffery and Christena Redmond. I’m the eldest of four and am pretty family-oriented. I’m in air cadets, am a figure skater, am involved with my school in Student Council and volunteer at the care center when I can. My future goals are to go to university to become a nurse/therapist at the George Dumont cancer center in New Brunswick. I wanted to become a contestant in the pageant because I thought it would be a great experience to be able to get more active in our community.”

Chalene Yorke – “I’m 18 years old and currently graduating with the class of 2013. 

I'm from a very big, competitive family, and I love being involved with things, and challenges are always open to me. I am attending NSCC in the coming school year to take their two-year Paralegal program, though this is just a minor step in what I hope my future will become. One day I aspire to be a lawyer in family court for people who cannot afford a lawyer under any other circumstances. My goal in life is to help those who are in need of my help, to the best of my abilities, and I believe this is how I will best achieve that goal. I decided to become a pageant contestant because I was too scared every other year to, but I have become increasingly involved in my school this year, and would like to become more involved in my community as well.”

Katie McKay – “I'm 15 years old and in Grade 10.  I live on a farm and I've never really come out of my shell until now so I’m still kind of shy, I guess. I honestly have no idea what I want to do, other than travel and experience as much as I possibly can. I know I've always wanted to sing, but the odds are a million to one and I've never had really good luck. NYU is my favourite option so far, creative writing and musical theater. Kristen Yorke helped me come out of my shell and start to feel good about myself and if it weren’t for her I wouldn't have had the guts to do this, so you can thank her for that.”

Charlie Yorke, 16 - “I like to play softball, basketball, exploring waterfalls and camping. I live with my father and my two sisters. I would like to be a motivational speaker, and travel to different schools to help teenagers understand what life is about and how to get through it. I decided to become a contestant in the pageant because I think it will boost my courage to speak in front of people I don't know, to get me prepared for other times I will need to speak to a lot of people. And it’s also not every day that you get put into a big dress!”

Tylor Tennant – “I am the 15-year-old daughter of Brian and Barb Tennant, and I'm entering Grade 11 in the fall. I am a very outgoing and happy person, and I enjoy meeting new people. I love going to school and spending time with my friends and family. I also love to swim, and look forward to go to camp every summer. After completing Grade 12, I hope to work within the community. I decided to become a contestant in the Old Home Week Pageant because I thought it would be fun and a great experience!”

Kristen Yorke, 16 – “I live with my mother and father, Cindy and Chester Yorke. I have an older sister, Kayla and three cousins that I consider my brothers. I love my family more than anything. I play soccer on the PRHS senior girls’ team, goalie and defense. I work at Ken’s Grocery and I have the best co-workers ever. My future goals are to be a forensic scientist or a vet. I've always had a plan to open up an animal shelter for abused or homeless animals. I have four pets myself and I’d do anything for them. When I joined the queen’s pageant I thought it would be a good chance to become more involved with the community, and I feel like it is a good confidence booster. All of the girls running to be queen are beautiful individuals and any one of them could easily win. Good luck ladies.”

Taylor Shea – “I'm 14 (almost 15) going into Grade 9. I live with my parents, Lisa and Justin Shea, my older brother, Gage and younger sister, Jordan, and my grandfather. I love spending time with my family and also friends. I play soccer for the PRHS junior girls’ team. I'm going to try out for singles badminton. When I'm older I want to be a LPN, possibly an RN. I absolutely love helping people and being around others. What made me want to be a nurse was all of the nurses I saw in the hospital helping everyone. Ever since I was 10, I wanted to run in the queen's pageant, I think it’s a great way to get to know and make friends, and boost self-esteem. All the ladies running in the queen's pageant could easily win. Good luck!”

Emma Durant – “I'm 14 years old and going into Grade 9. I live with my mom, grandfather, sister and brother. I love to babysit and I also love to hang out with my friends and be my own unique individual. Upon high school graduation, I would like to further my education in the early childhood care field. I decided I wanted to be a part of the Old Home Week queen's pageant because I am responsible, mature, and I would love to become more involved in the community. Good luck to all the girls running in the pageant.”

Lauren Shay – “I'm 16 years old and going into Grade 12. I grew up in Amherst, but I moved to Parrsboro in 2011. I absolutely love this town and I take pride in the fact that I am a part of it. My family and friends mean the world to me and I always put them first. I love to sing and dance but honestly, I'm not very good! I think you should do whatever makes you happy. My future goals after high school are to become an Au Pair to help my university finances, become more fluent in a new language, and experience the world. After this I would either like to attend a university in the United Kingdom or I would like to attend Acadia University in Wolfville, and then Dalhousie for architecture. I have always been fascinated by architecture and I get to be creative. The reason why I joined the queens’ pageant was to have a new experience in my life. I get to meet new girls who also have an interest in being involved in the community and the pageant will help me to become more involved in the community. I am really excited and nervous for this because I have lots of tough competition but no matter what happens I hope that everyone has an awesome time!”

Organizations: Parrsboro Regional High School, Parrsboro Lions Club, RCMP Parrsboro Leo Club Main Station Trinity United Church Hall Student Council George Dumont cancer center Acadia University

Geographic location: Parrsboro, Partridge Island, King Street Lower Main Street New Brunswick Jordan Amherst United Kingdom Wolfville

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  • Betty Adams
    July 05, 2013 - 11:34

    I have just read the bio's of the ten young ladies who have chosen to represent Parrsboro in the Queen's Pageant. I would find it a difficult task to make a choice. I realize that they will be going before a panel of judges, who will make the final decision. Best luck to each one.