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The suspense is almost over

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2009

Three contestants in this week’s Sweet Corn Festival Queen pageant, left to right, are Samantha Boone, Ashley Wilson and Briana Barth. (Photo courtesy of Dar’s Photography)

A very short time remains before the 2009 Sweet Corn Festival Queen will be chosen to reign over the festivities of Mendota’s 62nd Annual Sweet Corn Festival this weekend, Aug. 6-9.

Be sure to join Mike Piller and Stephanie Daughenbaugh, Miss Galaxy, on Aug. 7 as they MC the evening of suspense and entertainment. Choosing one queen and two attendants from the 20 beautiful contestants will be a very difficult choice indeed for the judges.

Festivities will get underway at 7:20 p.m. on the First State stage on Washington Street in downtown Mendota with the pre-pageant entertainment, the ever-popular Decatur Park Singers, sponsored by R.R. Donnelley Mendota. These spirited singers and dancers will perform again at intermission of the pageant, while the judges are making their decision on “Who will wear the crown?”

Now let’s introduce the final three contestants for 2009 Sweet Corn Festival Queen.

Samantha Susan Boone is the candidate representing the Mendota Lions Club in this year’s queen pageant. Samantha is the daughter of Timothy Boone and Susan Boone of Mendota. Samantha stands five feet, eleven inches tall and has blue eyes and brown hair.

Samantha is a recent graduate of Mendota High School. At MHS, Samantha was involved in concert band, marching band, jazz band, pep band, and woodwind choir. She was a member of the Augustana Honor Band and was involved in both of the MHS musicals. She was also a member of student council, the yearbook staff, and the prom committee. Samantha was a business office worker and a Trojanette and was on the softball and volleyball teams.

This fall Samantha will attend Eureka College. She plans on being involved in the pep band at Eureka.

This summer you can find Samantha spending time with friends and family, taking pictures, shopping, vacationing, and enjoying the warm weather.

Samantha’s hobbies include photography, hiking, traveling, watching movies, going on long walks, and reading. Her major interests are music, children, animals, her church, meeting new people, and enjoying new experiences.

Samantha plans on acquiring a degree doing something that she really enjoys. Later in life she would like to get married, start a family, and be a stay-at-home mom.

The Mendota Sportsman’s Club will be represented by Ashley Wilson this year in the Sweet Corn Festival Queen Pageant. Ashley is the daughter of Dave and Janelle Wilson of Mendota. She stands five feet, three inches tall and has blue eyes and brown hair.

Ashley is a 2009 graduate of Mendota Township High School. She was active on the softball team during her time at MHS.

This fall Ashley plans on attending Illinois Valley Community College.

This summer she is serving food to the residents at the Mendota Lutheran Home. She is also spending time with her friends and fishing.

Ashley’s hobbies include shopping, spending time with family and friends, and going on walks. She also enjoys watching movies, working out at the YMCA, and reading.

Ashley plans on graduating from IVCC and transferring to a four-year college. She would like to one day move to Tennessee.

Ashley describes herself as funny, honest, trustworthy, and friendly.

Brianna Barth will represent the Mendota American Legion Post #540 in the upcoming queen pageant. Brianna is the daughter of Ken and Cherie Barth of Triumph. Brianna stands six feet tall and has blue eyes and brown hair.

Brianna is a recent graduate of Mendota High School. While attending MHS, Brianna was involved in concert band, pep band, marching band, and woodwind choir. She was a member of the IMEA band, the NCIC band, and the Augustana Honor Band. She participated in IHSA Solo & Ensemble contest, was a madrigal wench and head wench, and was a stage manager for the MHS production of Beauty and the Beast. Brianna was active in basketball and muses and was a student election judge. She attended Illini Girls State, where she was a city treasurer and delegate. She was also a MASS volunteer and an honor roll student.

This fall Brianna will attend Northern Illinois University seeking a degree in elementary education. She plans on being involved in the marching band and pep band at NIU.

This summer Brianna is working as a waitress and helping out her parents at the Curl Inn in Triumph and spending time with her friends and family.

Brianna’s hobbies include playing the clarinet, reading, shopping, traveling, spending time with friends, family, and animals, and music. She also enjoys helping people and learning about the world. Her major interests include music, politics, children, and animals.

Brianna’s future plans include graduating from NIU with a degree in elementary education, getting married, and starting a family.

Brianna describes herself as a nice person who enjoys meeting new people and experiencing new opportunities.

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