FORT LORAMIE — Six young women and 12 little girls will vie for pageant crowns and the right to reign over the 2018 Fort Loramie Liberty Days festival.
They will compete June 29 in the entertainment tent at the festival in Fort Loramie Youth Park.
Ella Ratermann will sing the National Anthem at 6:30 p.m. A pageant will follow to name the 2018 Little Miss Liberty.
Contestants are Reagan Borchers, 6, daughter of, daughter of Kyle and Jamie Borchers; Celia Werner, 6, daughter of, daughter of Craig and Sarah Werner; Valarie Barfell, 6, daughter of Jeremy and Susan Barfell; Addison Arnold, 6, daughter of Brian and Robin Arnold; Zoey Prueter, 6, daughter of Derrick and Courtney Prueter; Jenna Glass, 6, daughter of Joel and Brandi Glass; Preslee Boerger, 5, daughter of Keith and Brandi Boerger; Rachel Meyer, 6, daughter of Jason and Chrissy Meyer; Cora Holthaus, 6, daughter of Jeff and Lisa Holthaus; Aubree Rethman, 6, daughter of Matt and Sarah Rethman; Lauren Bertke, 5, daughter of Matt and Julie Bertke; and Jenna Frilling, 6, daughter of Adam and Jessica Frilling.
At 6:30 p.m., the pageant to name Miss Independence will begin.
Contestants are Aleah Frilling, 17, daughter of Randy and Greta Frilling; Kyla Holthaus, 17, daughter of Mike and Gayle Holthaus; Rylee Poeppelman, 17, daugther of Jill and Gary Poeppelman; Madison Rose, 17, daughter of Brad and Kelly Rose; Lydia Stricker, 17, daughter of Keith and Julie Stricker; and Emma Wilt, 17, daughter of Mark and Jenni Wilt.
The teens will participate in preliminary judging, June 25, when they will each have a private interview with the judges. They will be evaluated on their poise, self-confidence, responses to questions and patriotism projects. The projects will be on display to the public during the festival in the Central Tent.
The winner of the Miss Independence pageant will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship.