Frederick held its 10th annual Cotton Festival on Saturday.
During the Cotton Festival there was a chili cook-off. The Frederick Fire Department won People’s Choice and champion. BancFirst won first runner-up. Mike Mayenschein won second runner-up.
Timber Mefford and Harley Dunlap sold the most chili cook-off tickets.
After the chili cook-off winners were announced, the Little Miss Cotton Boll and the Maid of Cotton pageants began. Miss Frederick Logan Coleman was the mistress of ceremonies for the events.
The contestants competing in the Little Miss Cotton Boll were Harley Dunlap, Addilyn Newton, Jaida Norris, Tambri Smith, Alina Burleson, Taijah Hankieson, Liana Garza, Aspen Russell, Kaleigh Nichols and Zoee Tyler. These young ladies are in the first-third-grades.
Each girl took the stage and Coleman asked them to name four things besides clothing that was made from cotton. Answers ranged from baseballs to money to makeup.
Russell said she wants to be Miss America when she grows up and her poise on stage may just get her there.
“Aspen, can you name four items besides clothing that can be made from cotton?” Coleman asked.
“Yes,” she replied. “The first is money. Everyone loves money. I especially love money ‘cause I like to spend it. Second is fire hoses. Fire hoses is what my daddy uses to put out fires in this town. Third is the lining in my tap shoes that help me to dance my way into your hearts. Last but not least is paper. Paper is where I write down all my hopes and dreams of someday becoming your Miss America.
Cotton is used in our every day lives,” Russell continued. “Without farmers like my Papa Stan, we wouldn’t have our every day essentials. Have YOU thanked a farmer today?”
The talent portion began with Dunlap singing “How Far I’ll Go.” Norris performed a dance to “La Bamba.” Smith danced to “Me Too.” Burleson danced to “New Girl in Town.” Hankieson danced to “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Garza showed off her art skills to the “Micky Mouse Clubhouse” theme song. Russell tap danced to “Cotton Eyed Joe.” Tyler performed a dance/tumbling routine. Nichols sang “Scars to your Beautiful.”
The 2016 Little Miss Cotton Boll Cierra Collins sang “Home, Home on the Range” while the points were tallied for the 2017 Little Miss Cotton Boll.
The contestants competing in the Maid of Cotton pageant were Ellie Ade, Kamille Garza, Amery Newton, Karli Olsen, Timber Mefford, Jada Munro, Brailee Munro and Delaney McIntyre. Pageants will begin at 1 p.m. on the stage east of the Pioneer Townsite Museum Complex. These young ladies were in fourth- through sixth-grades.
These girls were asked how cotton helps the United States as each one took the stage.
Mefford wants to be a music teacher when she grows up. Mefford has great command over her voice and she definitely has the musical talent to become a music teacher.
“Timber, how does cotton help the United States?” Coleman asked.
“Logan, there are so many reasons, where do I start?” Mefford began. “Could it be that current cotton producers assist in exporting over 10.5 million bales of cotton each year, which brings about 2 billion dollars into our country. This is about 37 percent. Yes, 37 percent of the entire export market. Oh, and by the way, most of the cotton is sent to Asia and Mexico. Could it be that cotton farmers spend approximately 5.3 billion dollars on things needed to plant, grow, harvest and transport their cotton crop each year. Could it be that cotton adds 120 billion dollars into the United States economy? That’s a lot of money. But, my very favorite way that cotton helps the USA is that it keeps us from being stinky after a cross country meet or from being by the campfire.
“Thank goodness cotton releases those stinky substances and keeps us smelling fresh,” Mefford concluded.
Ade began the talent portion with a gymnastics routine. Kamille Garza sang “I’ll Cry if I Want to.” Newton sang “Defying Gravity.” Olson sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Mefford sang “Candy Man.” Brailee Monroe performed a basketball routine. Jada Monroe read a poem about cotton that she wrote herself. Delaney McIntyre sang “Happy Little Ditty.”
The 2016 Maid of Cotton Quinn Johnson sang “I’m Still Standing.”
The winners of the Little Miss Cotton Boll were:
* Zoe Tyler – first runner-up,
* Taijah Hankieson – second runner-up, and
* Aspen Russell was crowned the 2017 Little Miss Cotton Boll.
The winners of the Maid of Cotton were:
* Ellie Ade – second runner-up,
* Delaney McIntyre – first runner-up, and
* Timber Mefford was crowned the 2017 Maid of Cotton.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.