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Some 53 contestants participated in the 31st Annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest pageants on the event's south stage on Saturday morning.

There were 7 Little Mister, 18 Little Miss, 15 Junior Miss and 13 Miss Chilli Pepper contestants.  The 53 that competed were a record number for Chillifest.

In the Little Mister Chilli Pepper pageant, 2nd runner up was Kaydon Jenkins, the 6-year-old son of Jessica Durbin and Brad Jenkins of Taylorville.   First runner-up was Maverik Courtaway, the 5-year-old son of Eric and Shanda Courtaway of Taylorville.  And, the winner of the Little Mister Chilli Pepper contest was Grayson Zueck, the 5-year-old son of Jenna Zueck of Taylorville.

In the Little Miss Chilli Pepper pageant Saturday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, 2nd runner-up was 4-year-old Kenlee Durbin, the daughter of Billy and Kimberly Durbin of Taylorville.  First runner-up was Kate Shivers, the 3-year-old daughter of Sarah Shivers of Taylorville.  And, the winner of the Little Miss Chilli Pepper contest was 3-year-old Nikyla Lawrence, the daughter of Crimson Brown and Joseph Lawrence of Taylorville.

In the Junior Miss Chilli Pepper contest, 2nd runner-up was Hayleigh Manual, the eleven-year-old daughter of Kirby and Vanessa Manuel of Pana.  First runner-up was Lilyan Harden, the 9-year-old daughter of Dani and Todd Harden of Owaneco.  And, the winner of the title of Junior Miss Chilli Pepper contest was Alivia Kent, the 9-year-old daughter of Barry and Amy Kent of Taylorville.   Alivia also won the “Miss Congeniality” award in the Junior Miss Chilli Pepper contest.

And, in the first-ever Miss Chilli Pepper contest, 2nd runner-up was Jessica Vacker, the 17-year-old daughter of Heather and Jacob Jones of Kincaid.  First runner-up was Madison Wiseman, the 17-year-old daughter of Erin Emmett of Mount Auburn.  Winner of the Miss Chilli Pepper competition was Faith Maxwell, the 14-year-old daughter of Robin Maxwell of Taylorville.  Brooke Burke, the 18-year-old daughter of Mandy and Traviss Burke of Taylorville, was named “Miss Congeniality” in the Miss Chilli Pepper competition.

 


Caption to pix:  In the Little Mister Chilli Pepper pageant, 2nd runner up was Kaydon Jenkins (right), the 6-year-old son of Jessica Durbin and Brad Jenkins of Taylorville.   First runner-up was Maverik Courtaway (left), the 5-year-old son of Eric and Shanda Courtaway of Taylorville.  And, the winner of the Little Mister Chilli Pepper contest was Grayson Zueck (center), the 5-year-old son of Jenna Zueck of Taylorville.

Caption to pix:  In the Little Miss Chilli Pepper pageant Saturday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, 2nd runner-up was 4-year-old Kenlee Durbin (left), the daughter of Billy and Kimberly Durbin of Taylorville.  First runner-up was Kate Shivers (right), the 3-year-old daughter of Sarah Shivers of Taylorville.  And, the winner of the Little Miss Chilli Pepper contest was 3-year-old Nikyla Lawrence (center), the daughter of Crimson Brown and Joseph Lawrence of Taylorville.

Caption to pix:  In the Junior Miss Chilli Pepper contest, 2nd runner-up was Hayleigh Manual (right), the eleven-year-old daughter of Kirby and Vanessa Manuel of Pana.  First runner-up was Lilyan Harden (left), the 9-year-old daughter of Dani and Todd Harden of Owaneco.  And, the winner of the title of Junior Miss Chilli Pepper contest was Alivia Kent (center), the 9-year-old daughter of Barry and Amy Kent of Taylorville.   Alivia also won the “Miss Congeniality” award in the Junior Miss Chilli Pepper contest.

Caption to pix #:  In the first-ever Miss Chilli Pepper contest, 2nd runner-up was Jessica Vacker (4th from left), the 17-year-old daughter of Heather and Jacob Jones of Kincaid.  First runner-up was Madison Wiseman (2nd from left), the 17-year-old daughter of Erin Emmett of Mount Auburn.  Winner of the Miss Chilli Pepper competition was Faith Maxwell (third from left), the 14-year-old daughter of Robin Maxwell of Taylorville.  Brooke Burke (first from left), the 18-year-old daughter of Mandy and Traviss Burke of Taylorville, was named “Miss Congeniality” in the Miss Chilli Pepper competition.

All photos provided to Chillifest by Fun Foto.

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