Hoffeditz, Puckett win titles Saturday

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Brooklyn Hoffeditz, daughter of David and Jenny Hoffeditz, and Avery Puckett, son of Brandon and Heidi Puckett were chosen Saturday evening as Little Freedom Festival King and Queen.

Brooklyn was crowned with a tiara and Avery with a purple and gold royal hat. Celebrating their titles, they rode in Monday's Freedom Festival Parade.

For the pageant, Brooklyn, age 3, dressed in a white tennis skirt and T-top trimmed in patriotic colors of red, white and blue and carried a tennis racket.

In the interview conducted by Tracy Keen, president of Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn said her favorite food was strawberry (Salisbury) steak, and her hobby was collecting lightening bugs.

Avery, age 3, dressed as a cool surfer in khaki shorts, a Hawaiian shirt and sun glasses. When asked his favorite food, he answered, Stoll's (Country Inn), and when asked if he had brothers and sisters, he didn't mention his brother but named his two best friends. However, he remembered his mother by waving and blowing her a kiss before leaving the stage.

Judging the pageant were Katie Ladson, 2005 Freedom Festival Queen and the girls in her court, Julie Preble and Colbi Lehman.

"It was a difficult decision choosing a winner among the 12 little contestants," said Ladson. "They were all cute, and it was a close call."

The 12 contestants were scored on responses, conduct, personality, attentiveness, and overall impression. Each of them received a royal scepter and a bag of gifts.

In addition to the king and queen, those participating in the pageant were Emalee Sherman, Ashlyn Ferree, Adam Foglesong, Jacob Racey and Robert Heacox.

Other contestants in the pageant were Draydon Jerrell, Alexis James, Timothy Kuehn, Jr. and Shanae Jerrell.

The Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event.

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