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Polanco to reign as 2013 Bloomfield Apple Festival Queen

Sunday, September 29, 2013

(By Sabrina Westfall) Kayla Polanco (center) was selected as the 2013 Bloomfield Apple Festival Queen. Morgan Wolfe (left) was first runner-up and voted Miss Congeniality by her peers, and Melissa Roach was second runner-up. [Order this photo]
Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School senior Kayla Polanco will reign as the 2013 Bloomfield Apple Festival Queen.

She is the daughter of David and Debra Polanco. Her participation was sponsored by Mark Turner of the Pepperoni Grill.

Linton-Stockton High School junior Morgan Wolfe was first runner-up and voted Miss Congeniality by her peers.

(By Sabrina Westfall) The 2012 Bloomfield Apple Festival Queen Nikki Holmes crowned Kayla Polanco as the 2013 winner.
She is the daughter of Trevor and Tammy Wolfe. Her participation was sponsored by J&D Belt Service, Highway 54 Motors, Miner Mini Golf, and Cathy's Beauty Salon.

Bloomfield senior Melissa Roach was second runner-up in the competition.

She is the daughter of Jacqueline and Michael Roach. Her participation was sponsored by Steve Mitchell.

(By Sabrina Westfall) The contestants for the 2013 Bloomfield Apple Festival Queen Contest started the competition with a dance choreographed by Sammie Sparks of Yer Studio. [Order this photo]
During the 2013 Apple Festival, Polanco will be assisting with activities during the weekend of Oct. 4 to 6, including handing out awards for the Pizza Eating Contest, announcing the baby contest winner, judging the car show, judging the Apple Festival Parade, and several other tasks.

The contestants were judged on private interviews, a personal introduction, a question asked in front of the audience and evening gowns.

Polanco's question was in reference to her favorite television show. Her answer was Grey's Anatomy, and the explanation made the audience erupt in laughter.

"I am very interested in the medical field, and, come on, who doesn't like seeing Patrick Dempsey in scrubs?" Polanco answered.

During her personal introduction, Polanco said she has plans to attend Indiana University after graduation to study nursing. Ultimately, she would like to work at Riley Children's Hospital.

She is currently a waitress at the Pepperoni Grill, and is active in several school clubs, including cheerleading, Booster Club, Art Club, Environmental Club and National Honors Society.

Following the contest, Polanco told the Greene County Daily World this was the first time she had participated in any kind of pageant.

"I'm a senior, and this was my last chance," Polanco said.

She said showing off her evening gown was her favorite part of the event, and she is looking forward to being able to socialize with Apple Festival goers this weekend while she is serving as queen.

Polanco noted she has participated in the Apple Festival in previous years because she is a cheerleader, and has performed in the parade. Also, last year she had set up a booth to sell primitive items.

All nine Bloomfield Apple Festival contestants will be featured in the parade Sunday, which starts at 2 p.m., according to Bloomfield Apple Festival Committee board member Kris Jarman.

Jarman said this is the first time all the girls will be featured in the parade, rather than just the queen and her court.

The Bloomfield Apple Festival will kick off Friday at 6 a.m. with breakfast at the Northwest Shelterhouse in the park by the Bloomfield Masonic Lodge.

Vendors will be set up in the Bloomfield Town Park Friday and Saturday. There will be a variety of events throughout the weekend.

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