It was a great day for the Sunday Miss Ohio Scholarship Parade, with attendees waving to everyone as they drove by in sports cars.
The parade was loads of fun for people of all ages, with volunteers handing out candy to children and parade favorites, the Mansfield Shrine Club, entertaining the crowds in their tiny yellow cars.
The Miss Ohio Parade began Sunday at 2 p.m. on Marion Avenue and Park Avenue West
Grand Marshal was Jackie Mayer, Miss Ohio 1962, celebrating her 60th anniversary of being crowned Miss Ohio. Mayer became Miss America in 1963.
Parade-goers included Cassie Cole and her son Liam Johnson from Mansfield, who said they always enjoy the parade. Music was played to the crowd in front of the Renaissance Theater, and all parade participants were announced as they made their way down Park Avenue.
Traditionally, Miss Ohio contestants wore an embellished shoe or boot that represented their talent or their hometown or something about them. Contestants also wore decorative hats appropriate for the Kentucky Derby, a hat covered with large sunflowers.
Mansfield police officers patrolled the parade route on motorcycles that traveled back and forth on Park Avenue West.
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The Carrousel District has been busy selling brats and more on the grill outside Richland Carrousel Park.
After the parade, an autograph session was held at the carousel, which was free and open to the public and attracted a crowd. Participants said they were glad the rain had stopped.
Seated at a table by the carousel, Miss Southwestern Bryn Hasenaur of Columbus said she loved the parade. It is her first time to compete on the Miss Ohio stage.
Her friend David Straub brought her dog Everett to the autograph session and Everett happily greeted his owner.
Hasenaur said her dog is a rescue and she got him three months ago.
Miss Mohican Valley Desi Hunt of Sandusky, wearing a soft green summer dress, is a Crestline native and graduated from Crestline High School and Pioneer Performing Arts School.
A former Miss Ohio singer/entertainer, she said it is her first time attending the pageant.
Hunt said Mansfield Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bishop, who works on the stage crew, encouraged her to compete.
Miss Lake Festival Rachel Werling from St. Henry is also a newcomer to the Miss Ohio stage.
Her talent is singing and playing the cello. She said she will do both during the talent segment of the competition later this week.
“My background music is me playing piano to the song ‘A Thousand Years’.
“I’m so excited to be here,” said Werling, who wants to be a teacher.
Miss Southern Ohio Brittney Herman of Dublin, Ohio is also making her Miss Ohio debut.
She recently relocated to Ohio from Utah, graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and is a flutist.
“All I knew was that Miss Ohio is a great way to make friends and serve the community,” she said.
Miss North Coast Directors Don and Jan Moll celebrated outside the carousel on the lawn with a large cake for the audience to enjoy.
Don and Jan celebrated 50 years with the pageant and also their 60th wedding anniversary which was on June 9th.
Miss Ohio Week events
Miss Ohio Week includes the Miss Ohio’s Outstanding Teen Show and Coronation Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Theater. Ten youngsters fight for the title.
Miss Ohio First Preliminary Night is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Theater. Preshow starts at 7:05 p.m
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The second night of the Miss Ohio pageant on the Miss Ohio stage is Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Theater. Preshow starts at 7:05 p.m
On Saturday is the Miss Ohio finals and a new Miss Ohio will be crowned. The show begins at 7:30pm at the Renaissance Theater. Preshow is at 7:05pm
And on June 17, the public is invited to meet the new Miss Ohio 2022 and Miss Ohio’s Outstanding Teen 2022 from 2-4 p.m. at the Richland Mall in Ontario.
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