While it definitely had its share of glitz and glam, the Gold Dust Royalty Pageant was about a lot more than just appearances.
Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 19, at Gold Bar Elementary School (419 Lewis St.), new royalty was crowned in eight different age divisions. Meant to promote community advocacy and volunteerism, pageant contestants also participated in a food drive, collecting a total of 2,149 food items and $260 in cash. All proceeds from the food drive will benefit the Volunteers of America Western Washington Food Bank located in Sultan.
Several new crowns were added to the Gold Dust Pageant program this year, including two Lifetime Queen titles and an Alumni Queen title. The Lifetime Queen titles were granted to 2014 Gold Dust Ambassador Liberty Roeder and 2014 Baby Miss Briella Caniparoli, who will remain a part of the pageant during upcoming years.
The 2015 Alumni Queen title went to Shiloh Bassetti, 6, who also took the crown in the Little Miss division (5 GÇô 7). Bassetti achieved the highest score of the night, winning for best smile, cover model, most poise and best patriotic wear.
In addition to the Lifetime Queen and Alumni titles, pageant directors Patty and Katelyn Baller added a brand new Prince division, which enabled one Monroe family to win a hat-trick. Nine-year-old Brooklyn Perdomo took the crown in the Junior Miss division (8 GÇô 10), her older sister Alexis, 12, won the crown in the Pre-Teen division (11 GÇô 12), and their younger brother Ryder, 4, took the crown in the Prince division (2 GÇô 8).
The articulate set of siblings took numerous other titles as well, including best interview.
The prestigious Queen of Queens title was awarded to 2014 Pre-Teen Queen Kiana Kendall, who performed the National Anthem during the opening ceremonies. The Queen of Queens recipient is selected by pageant directors based on community and pageant engagement throughout the year. As Queen of Queens, Kendall will remain affiliated with the pageant for an additional year, while serving as a mentor to pageant royalty.
The 2015 Gold Dust Pageant Royalty are as follows:
Baby Miss (six months GÇô 2); Everly Shelton, Tiny Miss (3 GÇô 4); Ember Cole, Little Miss (5 GÇô 7); Shiloh Bassetti, Junior Miss (8 GÇô 10); Brooklyn Perdomo, Pre-Teen (11 GÇô 12); Alexis Perdomo, Teen (13 GÇô 15); Jorden McMahon, Miss (16 GÇô 18); Chyanne Jones and Prince (2 GÇô 8); Ryder Perdomo. The Queen of Queens title went to Kiana Kendall, Overall Talent to Amber Wheeler and Tiffany Parrott was crowned as the Miss Gold Dust Ambassador, for her effort in collecting over 1,000 food items.
Gold Dust Royalty will be on-hand at several upcoming community events, including Gold Dust Days and Gold Bar's National Night Out. The pageant platform will continue to advocate community involvement, and will focus on Sky Valley's Relay for Life as its primary charitable cause.
Pageant judges were: Dixie Behn, Mary Zucati and Chris Hendrickson
For more information about the Gold Dust Royalty Pageant, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gold-Dust-Royalty-Pageant/516285918453215.
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