HOLTVILLE — Seventeen-year-old Samantha Bailey was crowned the 2002 Carrot Festival Queen on Friday night at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort near here.
LaShae Shawver, 12, was crowned princess and Savannah Mamer, 6, was crowned junior princess.
A festive crowd was on hand for the 55th annual Carrot Festival activities naming the Citizen of the Year and the queen, princess and junior princess. In addition to parents and brothers and sisters, there were grandparents and great-grandparents in attendance.
Seventeen girls participated in the three contests. As in other years, Gene Wilcox chaired this event. Wilcox was assisted by Arlene VanBebber, who celebrated her birthday Friday night.
Outgoing queen Keri Kilgore crowned Samantha. Keri was a bit reluctant to give up her title.
First runner-up was Theresa Short, second runner-up was Lyndzie Godfrey and third runner up was Becky Alaniz.
Last year's princess, Tassa Allegranza, crowned LaShae. She, too, enjoyed her reign as 2001 princess and became close friends with Keri. First runner-up was Christina Bailey, second runner-up was Lynne Medel and third runner-up was Victoria Kellerman.