Winners were chosen Saturday during the annual pageants at the 37th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.
It was the first year for the Little Chilli Bean pageant. Winner was Karmella Lawrence, while first runner-up was Caroline Hurley. 2nd runner-up was Mabel Moeller, and Evelynn Cox won the award for selling the most raffle tickets in that category. The Best Dressed award went to Issac Bondy, and the Most Photogenic award went to Cox.
In the Little Mister pageant, first place winner was 5-year-old Amauri Nation of Taylorville. First runner-up was 5-year-old Memphis Adkins of Taylorville, while 4-year-old Ryker Homeier was named 2nd runner-up. The People’s Choice award winner was Homeier, while 3-year-old Hudson Porter of Taylorville sold the most raffle tickets. Porter also won the award for best stage presence, Adkins won the Best Dressed competition, and Nation won the Best Photogenic award in the Little Mister Chilli Pepper competition.
In the Little Miss Chilli Pepper pageant, first placed winner was 3-year-old Lainey Morris from Taylorville, while first runner-up was 5-year-old Jada Hayes of Taylorville. Second runner-up was 4-year-old Brinley Fisher of Taylorville, Hayes won the People’s Choice Award. Hayes also sold the most raffle tickets sold. Best Stage Presence award in the Little Miss contest was 5-year-old Oria Becker of Taylorville, the Best Dressed winner was 6-year-old Kennedy Harris of Kincaid, and Morris won the Most Photogenic.
In the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Junior Miss pageant Saturday, this year’s winner was 9-year-old Jolie Cavatorta of the Central A&M area, while first runner-up was 8-year-old Hollyn Becker of Taylorville. Second runner-up was eleven-year-old Alysse Brown of Taylorville, the People’s Choice winner was 7-year-old Abigail Grundy of Morrisonville, and Grundy also sold the most raffle tickets in that category. Brown won the Best Dressed Award, and Cavatorta won the Most Photogenic award.
In the Teen Miss Chilli Pepper pageant, winner was 12-year-old Holly Kruse of Taylorville, first alternate was 13-year-old Liberty Irene Courtaway of Taylorville, and 2nd alternate was 13-year-old Ava Walton of Morrisonville. The People’s Choice award winner was Kruse, Miss Congeniality was 14-year-old Karlee Edwards of Taylorville, and 13-year-old Laynee Smith of Pana sold the most raffle tickets. Kruse won the Best Interview and Stage Presence awards, Courtaway the Best Dressed award, and Smith won the Most Photogenic award.
And, in the Miss Chilli Pepper pageant, winner was 16-year-old Claire Kuhn of Pana, while first alternate was 17-year-old Delaney Michelle Rae Epley of Pana. 2nd alternate was 17-year-old Vivian Rogers of Taylorville, who also won the People’s Choice award. Epley won the Miss Congeniality award, Rogers sold the most raffle tickets and was also presented the Best Interview award. Epley also won the Stage Presence award, while 17-year-old Hailey Durham of Pana won the Best Dressed award, and 15-year-old Taylor Lush of Morrisonville won the Best Photogenic award.
The pageants were all held on the South Main Stage of the event.