The time has come for a new Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen to be crowned, with this year’s pageant taking place 7 p.m. Saturday at the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton.
The event is one of many leading up to the annual Apple Festival on Sept. 15.
Reigning queen Alyssa Duhon of Lincolnton will crown the 2012 winner.
“I’m excited to let another girl experience it,” she told the Times-News on Thursday.
Duhon, who has one semester left at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said the past year has provided her with a lot of opportunities in her role as Apple Queen, such as visiting local schools and nursing homes and attending big community events.
“It was really great,” she added, noting that she’s looking forward to having a new young lady share in the honor.
“I feel like I’ve done as much as I could,” Duhon said.
Nicole Greer, a life and business coach from Sherrills Ford, will be the master of ceremonies for the event. The director and choreographer is Amy Chapman Cable, who was crowned Miss Lincoln County in 1988 and went on to the Miss North Carolina Pageant.
The theme for this year is “Time of My Life.”
The pageant is open to residents of Lincoln County who range in age from rising seniors in high school to no older than 24 years old.
Contestants in the 2012 Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen Scholarship Pageant include:
Kayla Alesha Berryhill, daughter of Rick and Sheila Berryhill, is a 2009 West Lincoln High School graduate and currently attends UNC-Charlotte.
Bayleigh Lexis Fishel, daughter of Chuck Fishel, Cyndi Beam and stepfather Aaron Beam, is a 2012 West Lincoln High School graduate who will be attending UNC-Charlotte this fall.
Shelby Lynn Gilmore, daughter of Dale and Tammy Gilmore, is a 2009 graduate of North Lincoln High School and currently attends UNC-Wilmington.
Abigail Lee Labar, daughter of Wendy and Adam Labar, is a rising senior at North Lincoln High School.
Alexandra Nicole Mozina, daughter of Robert and Heidi Mozina, is a rising senior at East Lincoln High School.
Carson Elizabeth Sain, daughter of Donnie and Sara Sain, is a 2012 West Lincoln High School graduate and will attend UNC-Charlotte this fall.
Taylor Elizabeth Schronce, daughter of Robert and Tracy Schronce, is a rising senior at West Lincoln High School.
Shanice Amber Street, daughter of Gabriel and Chariese Alvarado , is a rising senior at Lincolnton High School.
Victoria Vanna Wilson, daughter of Dochett and Christine Wilson, is a rising senior at North Lincoln High School.
Sponsored by the Lincolnton Business and Professional Women’s Organization, the pageant awards a $3,000 scholarship to the new queen. The first runner-up will receive a $1,500 scholarship, the second runner-up will receive a $1,000 scholarship and the third runner-up will receive a $750 scholarship. The contestant crowned “Miss Congeniality” will receive $500.