‘Littles’ contests fill park with cuteness Monday evening

Monday, July 1, 2024
Linton Freedom Festival 2024 Princess Leah McKee and Little Miss Sparkler Emersyn Dunning.
Photo by Patti Danner

The Humphreys Park Bandshell was barely big enough to hold all of the adorable Linton tots that traversed it during the Linton Freedom Festival Littles contests Monday evening.

Judges and critter-herders Payton Landis (Freedom Festival Queen), Maele Pilant (FF Queen Runner-Up), Leah McKee (Freedom Festival Princess), Amelia Bruner (FF Princess Runner-Up and Miss Greene County Princess) and Wremee Leigh (FF Princess Runner-Up) as well as Announcer Crystal Woods and Volunteers Crislyn Woods and Brynn Anderson (Former FF Queens) watched and scored as each youngster took the stage or, in the case of baby contestants, be held by a parent as Emcee Susan Anderson asked a few questions of each one or their parent.

Contestants for Baby Freedom were Oliver Clevenger, Henry Jackson and Journee Woodward, just three weeks old. All three babies were dressed in their patriotic best.

The decision could not have been an easy one, but Linton’s 2024 Freedom Festival Baby Freedom winner is Oliver Clevenger.

Next up were the contestants for the 2024 Little Stars and Little Stripes.

From contestants Adriah Lannan, Oakley Roudebush and Knox Weaver, Oakley Roudebush, in red and white striped bell bottoms, was named the 2024 Little Star and Knox Weaver the 2024 Little Stripes.

Last to compete were Emberlyn Bailey, Opal Cross and Emersyn Dunning for the title of 2024 Little Miss Sparkler. There were no contestants signed up for Little Mr. Firecracker.

The three little ladies answered Anderson’s questions and even jumped up and down onstage for the judges and, in the end, the Little Miss Sparkler crown was awarded for the second consecutive year to Emersyn Dunning, who skipped to the stage with a huge smile to accept her tiara, her trophy and her place in the Freedom Festival once again.

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  • Oaklei Roudebush. Great job.

    -- Posted by amansimmo on Tue, Jul 2, 2024, at 9:36 PM
  • amansimmo, thank you! That is the spelling I was given at the event, and I apologize if it was misspelled in the story. Not a very common name, but a very pretty girl :-)


    -- Posted by pattidanner on Fri, Jul 5, 2024, at 7:53 PM
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