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Royal smiles

The 50th Annual Swamp Cabbage Queen and Princess Pageant lived up to its high expectations! At the end of the evening, the judges had arrived at a decision: Kasey Whidden,  was wearing the 2016 Miss Swamp Cabbage Queen crown and Kayla Wills was the new Princess.
From beginning to end the event showcased some of LaBelle’s most lovely, talented and poised young ladies. The talent was exceptional with top awards going to Kayla Wills, who captured the audience with her personality filled Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy clog for the Princess portion, and in the Queen cagtegory young comic Alyssa Johnson, who had the crowd in stitches with her unique stand up routine.
Miss Whidden was also named Miss Photogenic and Miss Wills was voted Miss Congeniality by the Princess contestants.

Miss Taylor Nees was the judges’ choice as Most Photogenic in the Princess category. She is pictured in the evening gown competition. (Patty Brant/Caloosa Belle)

Pictured from left: Second Runner up and People’s Choice Brooke White; 2016 Princess, Miss Congeniality and Most Talented Kayla Wills; with First Runner Up Cassidy Boston. (Patty Brant/Caloosa Belle)

For the tenth year, the Swamp Cabbage Festival Queen Pageant sponsored a Little Mr. and Little Miss SCF contest. The community voted for the contestants by filling jars in area businesses – one penny, one vote. Winners were, from left: Baby – Ivette Enriquez, ten months, Youth – Jayla Williams, 7, Big Kids – Jarrahd Williams, 6, Youth – Andreas Deleon, 9, and Toddler – ZaNiya Willis, 13 months. (Patty Brant/Caloosa Belle)

From left: Queen First Runner-up Alyssa Johnson – named Miss Congeniality and Most Talented, 2016 SCF Queen Kasey Whidden (also Most Photogenic), with Second Runners Up Katelyn Steelman and Brandynn Marroquin (People’s Choice winner who received the award for selling the most ads and tickets). (Patty Brant/Caloosa Belle)

Kasey Whidden, at right, the 2016 Miss Swamp Cabbage Queen and Kayla Wills the new 2016 Miss Swamp Cabbage Princess. (Patty Brant/Caloosa Belle)