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Cute kids, queen candidates announced

Corn Festival officially gets under way Wednesday

Natalie Cash of Gardner, the 2012 Grundy County Corn Festival Queen, will pass her title to the new queen during coronation ceremonies held Friday night in downtown Morris.
Natalie Cash of Gardner, the 2012 Grundy County Corn Festival Queen, will pass her title to the new queen during coronation ceremonies held Friday night in downtown Morris.

Among the traditional kickoff events for the Grundy County Corn Festival is the Baby Photo Show. The results of the competition of cuteness were announced last week by festival officials.

The Baby Photo Show, they stress, is separate from the Baby Show, which is also an event held in advance of the official opening of the annual harvest festival. The Baby Show was held Sept. 22.

Corn Festival officially gets under way Wednesday, and continues through the parade Sunday afternoon. A highlight of the event will be the crowning of the festival queen, which will immediately follow the coronation parade, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday.

The candidates who will represent each county high school in the queen pageant were also announced by the Corn Festival office last week.

The first winners of a Corn Festival competition this year are those receiving awards in each of the Baby Photo Show’s 11 categories.

They include:

6- To 12-Month Girls

1st) Ava Rose Graham

2nd) Isabella Marie Albrecht

3rd) Elora Elizabeth Steele

HM) Addalyn Tinsley

6- To 12-Month Boys

1st) Brentley Veronda

2nd) Stone Skelton

3rd) Drake Wills

HM) Andrew Parini, Brody Olsen Fryer and Cody Olson

13- To 24-Month Girls

1st) Payton Borzick and Ellie Enerson

2nd) Macey Lynn Steichen and Kourtney Mazza

3rd) Elle Baker

13- To 24-Month Boys

1st) Callen Johnson

2nd) Brogan Seale

3rd) Landon Taylor

HM) Creighton Blaser

2-Year Girl

1st) Lilah Warner

2nd) Anslie Rink

3rd) Chloe Biros

2-Year Boy

1st) Max Olson

2nd) Johnny Zelko

3rd) Chase Higgins

HM) Jace Cailey

3-Year Girl

1st) Delaney Doss

2nd) Baylee Strickland

3rd) Kenna Anderson

HM) Lillian Jones and Adelyn Medler

3-Year Boy

1st) Isaiah Baker

2nd) Case Johnson

3rd) Gryphon Wills

4- And 5-Year Girl

1st) Karli Blackman

2nd) Ava Petersen

3rd) Layla Steele

HM) Ella Walker

4- And 5-Year Boy

1st) Wyatt Chase

2nd) Cooper Biros

3rd) Aiden Graham


1st) Rusty and Skeeter Rogers

Each of Grundy County’s four high schools nominates candidates to compete for the title of Grundy County Corn Festival Queen. Those nominated by their respective schools are:

Coal City High School

• Mandy Bunton of Coal City, daughter of Sheila and Ryan Bunton

• Ryanne Ehrman of Braceville, daughter of Darcie Francois and Skeeter Ehrman

• Alicia Matusiak of Coal City, daughter of Heather and Dennis Matusiak

• Carley Pavlis of Coal City, daughter of Deb and Scott Pavlis

Gardner-South Wilmington High School

• Molly Schultz of Gardner, daughter of Joe and Sherry Schultz

• Emily Foley of Gardner, daughter of Nick and Mary Foley

• Josie Hyslop of Gardner, daughter of Jane Hyslop

• Kaytlyn Harvey of Braceville, daughter of David and Tracy Harvey

Minooka Community High School

Chara Cochrane of Channahon, daugther of Carolyn and Richard Cochrane

Morris Community High School

• Haylee Barry of Morris, daughter of Adrienne Brady and Thomas Barry

• Jana Capko of Morris, daughter of Ed and Dana Capko

• Peighton Shannon of Morris, daughter of Tricia Shannon

• Bryn Taylor of Morris, daughter of Lance and Doreen Taylor

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