Taylor Humphrey wins 2013 Pekin Queen contest
The rain came down all day but no amount of water could drown the excitement of the Pekin Queen contest winner Taylor Humphrey.
Humphrey took the top honor. Emily Hufffaker was first runner-up and Courtney Martin was second runner-up and Miss Congeniality.
Humphrey, Who is the daughter of Jessica Dawson and Curtis Dawson, had a hard time putting into words what winning the crown meant to her.
“I don’t even know where to begin,” she said of describing how it feels to be weaved into her town’s history. “It’s awesome! It feels amazing. (Winning) has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. It came true. It’s a really good feeling to know I am going to represent Pekin to the best of my abilities.”
Humphrey said her favorite part of the experience was the parade.
“I always enjoy being in the parade and seeing and waving to everyone and watching the kids get candy,” she said.
Humphrey admitted to being a nervous wreck during the pageant. She said once the actual competition was over, she enjoyed sitting back and waiting for the results.
“I tried not to let anyone know I was nervous, but five minutes before I went on stage I was shaking so bad,” she said. “I was natious and thought I was going to pass out. So once I got everything done and was waiting on the results was fun.”
Looking out over the next year, Humphrey said she plans to soak it all in, but she looks forward to working with children and senior citizens.
She has already made plans to visit one of the nursing homes in Salem.
Humphrey, who will be a freshman at IUPUI this fall, said she also hopes to help with the remembering the March 2, 2012 ceremony the town has to remember the tornado.
She plans to major in Biology and minor in Chemistry for pre-dental and then plans to attend Dental School for Orthodontics
The winner for best queen float was Kaylin Bright and the first runner-up was Michaela Snow.
The youngest person in attendance was Addison Rippy, who was born on June 14, 2013.
The oldest in attendance was Dorty Hein who celebrated her 99th birthday on July 7th.
All unclaimed trophies may be picked up at the Pekin Town office before July 22nd.
The following is a list of parade winners.
Preston Smedley was first; Jeff Cress was second and Floyd Tuttle was third.
Gene Hoskins was first; Ronald Freed was second and Gary Treewits was third.
Borden Braves State Championship Float was first; Jim and Lou’s Diner was second and Jeff Freemason was third.
Olivia and Aiden Miller were first; Bon Cullins was second and Maleigha Blevins was third.
Individual motorcycle riders
Joey Maudlin was first; Gene Lewellyn was second.
Minature Motor vehicles
Jacob Henrys was first; Hi Tech Redneck was second and MaKenzie Knight was third.
Spider Racing was first; Jefferson County Search Dogs were second and Salem Apothecary was third.
Individual Horseback riders
Bo Embrey was first and Delany Wills was second.
The East Washington School Corporation Transportation Department was first.
Salem Wrecker Service was first; John Jones was second.
4-H Lucky Leathers was first.
Sellersburg was first and Borden-Wood was second.
John Gammon was first; Fitzpatrick Excavating was second and Norman Schaaf was third.
Jim and Lou’s Diner was first.