With beautiful weather and a huge turnout, the 37th annual Needville Harvest fest was a success all the way around.

President Chris Janicek estimated some 2,500 people attended the fun-filled event.

New queen crowned

Bailey Vasquez was named 2021 Harvest Fest Queen, with Anna Valentine as first runner-up; Kimberly Eversole, second runner-up; and Keeli Teykl, third runner-up.

Teykl was also recognized for selling the most raffle tickets, with sales totaling $6,400.

Remaining contestants were Magdalina Cooper, Jodi Kalinowski, Yasmin Ochoa, Jasmine Palmer and Wendy Pena.

Total in ticket sales for all the contestants was $19,700. Each participant was required to sell at least 50 $10 raffle tickets.

Judging was based 50 percent on individual interviews, which took place with the judges the morning of the contest, and 50 percent on stage interviews.

Savannah Gless, 2018 Harvest Fest Queen, emceed the event, introducing the contestants and asking each of them two questions on-stage.

Kyla Wieghat, 2019 Harvest Fest Queen, presented each candidate with a gift for participating, and gave them sound advice as many prepare to head to college next fall.

She also presented the winners with trophies and crowned Vasquez, who received a $1,000 scholarship to help pay for college and a bouquet of flowers.

Vasquez is required to represent the Harvest Fest at the Needville Youth Fair in April.

Young royalty chosen

Harper Sebesta was crowned 2021 Little Miss Harvest Fest and Cooper Gunter was crowned 2021 Little Mr. Harvest Fest. Both are kindergarten students at Needville Elementary.

They each received a trophy, and Sebesta was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

She also received a gift card for selling the most raffle tickets, with a total of $4,120.

Each of the six boys and 14 girls who participated in the Little Miss and Mr. Contest were required to sell at least 10 $10 tickets. In all, they sold a combined $19,300.

Candidates each receive a T-shirt which they wore to lunch with the judges and on stage. They also received participation trophies.

Needville Elementary first-grade teacher Demi Singletary interviewed the contestants on stage, asking them about topics such as their favorite birthday parties and hobbies.

The youngsters were scored on speaking ability and personality, with half of the total score from the luncheon and half from the stage contest.

In addition to Gunter, Cooper Cosper, Parker Gifford, Tucker Gobar, Kyler Macri and Jace Spradley participated in the Little Mr. Harvest Fest Contest.

Other candidates who joined Sebesta in the Little Miss Harvest Fest Contest were Lynlee Blackstock, Azalea Calderon, Delilah Corrales, Leisl Gully, Brianna Harris, Lorelei Kroboth, Leighton Macri, Kenzie Mikulenka, Reagan Peoples, Kinsley Prihoda, Marilyn Simpson, Jiselle Spradley and Sophia Villarreal.

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