The 2014-15 Miss Hey Days court are (from left) Elizabeth Reynolds, Miss Congeniality Bhrett Zahnle, Princess Kayla Johnson, Miss Hey Days Queen Kristen Eggler, Princess Hannah Johnson and Alyssa Knutson.
Photo by Rachel Masching
By Karissa Wright
Friday night at Hayfield's Trinity Lutheran Church the pews were packed, cameras were ready, and the 2014 Miss Hey Days contestants nervously waited with their parents for emcees, James Wilcox and Laura Lee, to begin their introductions.
Pageant Coordinator, Deb Towey, began the 27th annual Hey Day pageant at 7 p.m. "Parents should be very proud of your daughters," said Towey. She then introduced emcees James Wilcox, a Hayfield graduate, and Laura Lee. Both James and Laura are with ABC 6 News and have been emceeing for the Hey Days' pageant for a number of years.
James and Laura introduced the 2014 Miss Hey Days contestants, Kristen Eggler, Bhrett Zahnle, Kayla Johnson, Alyssa Knutson, Elizabeth Reynolds and Hannah Johnson by sharing who their sponsors were and the names of their parents, who walked their daughters down the aisle.
Following the introduction of this year's contestants, Queen Hannah Conroy, Princesses Grace Walker and Alyssa Monahan, last year's royalty, strode down the aisle wearing their gorgeous gowns and sparkly crowns.
Once the girls were all seated, Hayfield Mayor, Greg Demmer, gave a warm welcome and acknowledged the young ladies for all their time, hard work, and charm. "I hope this tradition continues on... forever," exclaimed Demmer.
Kathy Demmer, Liz Fjerstad and Deb Oelkers, accompanied by Nancy Matti, provided entertainment for the singing "This Day" and "Lollipop".
To be in the running for Miss Hey Days each contestant had to complete four community service hours and write an essay on their accomplishments. Each young lady spoke a few words on what they chose to do for a service a project and why. Some girls did their projects alone, others did them in pairs. The girls overcame fears and bonded at Eagle Bluff, attended an etiquette night, and on Wednesday the 23rd the girls were judged based on a 100 point scale for a number of things, such as formal attire and an interview.
Hannah Conroy gave a brief speech reflecting on her past year as 2013 Miss Hey Days queen, and how well she has gotten to know each 2014 contestant.
The crowing of the 2014 royalty then began with a drum roll and the crowing of Bhrett Zahnle as 2014 Miss Congeniality. Bhrett received the Gary Scholl $100 scholarship.
Citizens State Bank provided the $250 scholarship for the two 2014 princesses. Both Johnsons, Hannah and Kayla were crowned Miss Hey Days princesses by former princesses, Grace Walker and Alyssa Monahan.
Crowned queen was, drumroll... Kristen Eggler, daughter of Kyle and Heather Eggler. Kristen was sponsored by Karnival Kraftsman, Inc. and organized a backpack program for young children as her community service project. Kristen Eggler received a $500 scholarship provided by Citizens State Bank.