The Fourth of July was a hot day, with heat indices nearing 100-degrees. This heat did not deter the kids coming out to the Kiwanis Pavilion at Charley Brown Park to compete in the All American Boy and Girl Contest though. These kids were in it to win it.
In the end, only one person can be THE All American Boy or Girl. These select two were Briley Keach and Trevin Alexander Hemrich.
Keach was joined in the top three with second runner-up Kamryn Turner and First Runner-up Ava Darrough.
Rounding out the top ten girls were Rockell Allen, Emma Lehman, Mia Jadyn Scott, Mallory E. Boose, Jadelyn Burgess, Jentre Heitman, Payton Campos, and Lillian Alex.
Runners-up to Hemrich were second runner-up Zaiden Lewis and first runner-up Larkin Buchanan.
The other boys in the top ten were Jadon Leib, Jase A. Moore, Aden Ludwig, Luke Himelick, Gavin Dawkins, Quenton Greenwood, and Caelen Harper.
Overall, the Doug Phillips and Associates contest had 50 girl contestants and 39 boy contestants, though a few did not show up or needed to leave before their turn.
Jill Lewis, the contest organizer thanked all of those who helped her. The gifts for the winners were donated and the judges were Kiwanis members from other Illinois clubs. On stage, Bill Atwood of North Wayne Insurance was the event’s emcee. Also on stage were Junior Miss Clay County Tyra Leonard and Miss Clay County Anna Smith who helped and accompanied the contestants, and Marsha Banning, who provided musical interludes between rounds and during judging.
“I really couldn’t have done it without any of them,” said Lewis of her sponsors, donors and helpers.
The contest is just part of the larger Flora Kiwanis Fourth of July, held annually at Charley Brown Park. The event also featured lots of delicious food, live music and other performances, and a multitude of rides.
Regretfully, fireworks were not on the schedule due to dangerously dry conditions, but Kiwanian Dave Barnes promised that the fireworks would be back “better than ever” next year, weather permitting.