FORT LORAMIE — Four contestants will compete for the 2022 Miss Independence crown on Friday, July 1.
The event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the entertainment tent at the Fort Loramie Liberty Days festival. It is free and open to the public.
Contestants in this year’s contest include:
• Rhese Voisard, age 19, daughter of Roger and Kristi Voisard; sponsored by Fort Loramie Chamber of Commerce.
• Ava Turner, age 17, daughter of Nick and Lynn Turner; sponsored by Fort Loramie GYM Committee
• Alana Stricker, age 18, daughter of Keith and Julie Stricker; sponsored by Fort Loramie American Legion
• Abby Wrasman, age 18, daughter of Kevin and Amy Wrasman; sponsored by Fort Loramie Community Service Club.
Preliminary judging was held on Monday, June 27, at the Wilderness Trail Museum. At the preliminary event, the contestants were given a private interview by the judges. They were evaluated on their poise and self-confidence, their responses to questions as well as their Patriotism Project.
The Patriotism Project may be a community service project, something they’ve learned about in school, or any topic the contestant can relate to patriotism. The Patriotism Projects will be on display during the duration of the festival in the Central Committee Tent.
The pageant will continue on Friday evening with the live stage event in which the 2022 Miss Independence will be crowned. The new queen will receive a $1,000 scholarship and the runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship. The newly crowned Miss Independence will reign over the Liberty Days festival held on July 1, 2 and 3.
Sponsors and donors to this year’s queen contest include: Cutaway Styling Salon, Emmy’s Bridal, D and D Blooms, Ernst BP, North Loramie Drive Thru, Eileen’s Natural Soaps, and Small Town Boutique.