Cotton is one of Southwest Oklahoma’s major crops and Frederick held its ninth annual Cotton Festival on Saturday.
According to Tillman Producers C0-op CEO Brandon Winters, the cotton crop is yielding between 5,000-10,000 bales more than the previous year’s crop. Winters said the weather this year was conducive to a good season for cotton.
During the Cotton Festival there was a chili cook-off. Second runner-up was Charlie Rheome and he won $250. Rheome decided to enter at the last minute.
“Charlie’s been down helping his dad at his tire shop and decided to enter and it just worked out well for him,” Chamber Director Felisha Crawford said.
First runner-up was the G3 Pressure Cookers group of the Bible Baptist Church and they won $350. The people’s choice award went to the Frederick Fire Department and they won $200. They were also voted the 2016 Chili Cook-Off Champions and were awarded $750 for that.
After the chili cook-off winners were announced, the Little Miss Cotton Boll and the Maid of Cotton pageants began. Miss Frederick Brooke Orr was the mistress of ceremonies for the events.
The contestants competing in the Little Miss Cotton Boll were Alexi Martin, daughter of Josh and Melanie Martin; TaiJah Hankieson, daughter of Jonathan and Tessie Hankison; Karli Olsen, daughter of Denver and Brittany Olsen; Liana Garza, daughter of Michael and Julie Garza; Cierra Collins, daughter of Colby and Shellie Collins; Aspen Russell, daughter of Joe Van and Jaci Russell and Hadlee Hunt, daughter of Landon and Lindsay Hunt. The girls competing were in first- through third-grades.
The 2016 Little Miss Tillman County Free Fair Laetyn Akin sang “When Will My Life Begin” from “Rapunzel.”
The talent portion began with Martin performing ballet to the song “If Only from Descendents.” Hankieson danced to “Jump,” Olsen sang “Oklahoma,” Garza danced to “How Much is that Doggie in the Window,” Collins sang “Walking in High Cotton,” Russell tap danced to “Jungle Rhythm,” and Hunt tap danced to “American Bandstand.”
The 2015 Miss Cotton Boll Timber Mefford sang “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun.”
“One of my favorite things about being Little Miss Cotton Boll was getting to sing at the Miss Frederick pageant at the Ramona Theater,” Mefford said.
The contestants competing in the Maid of Cotton pageant were Amery Newton, daughter of Jermey and Megan Newton; Sadie Jensen, daughter of Chuck and Amy Jensen; Kelley Rogers, daughter of Ricky Rogers and Laura Hancock; Camryn Ramirez, daughter of Jessica Cullum; Ellie Ade, daughter of Ryan and Jody Ade and Quinn Johnson, daughter of Clay and Shonda Johnson. These young ladies were in fourth- through sixth-grades.
Orr sang “Don’t Rain on my Parade.”
Newton began the talent portion of the pageant by singing “I’ve got Sun in the Morning” from “Annie get your Gun.” Jensen sang “Walking on Sunshine,” Rogers performed a comedy skit titled “The Untold Story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” Ramirez recited a poem titled “Poor Cinderella,” Ade performed a gymnastics routine to “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and Johnson sang “Try Everything” from “Zootopia.”
The 2015 Maid of Cotton Tenley Mefford sang “Maybe” from “Annie.”
“Probably one of my favorite things about being the Maid of Cotton was that my sister got to be Little Miss Cotton Boll so we got to do everything together,” Mefford said.
Lauren Akin sang the Loretta Lynn hit song “Coal Miner’s Daughter” while the judges tallied their votes for the pageant winners.
Olsen sold the most tickets for the chili cook-off for the Little Miss Cotton Boll pageant. The second runner-up for the Miss Cotton Boll pageant was Hankieson, the first runner-up was Russell and the 2016 Little Miss Cotton Boll winner was Collins.
“It felt good to win,” Collins said. “I was excited and shocked to win. There were so many girls who did such a good job.”
Ade sold the most tickets for the chili cook-off for the Maid of Cotton pageant. The second runner-up for the Maid of Cotton pageant was Newton, the first runner-up was Ade and the 2016 Maid of Cotton winner was Johnson.
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