SUGARCREEK – The luck of the draw was with Julia Hart when she walked onto the main stage for the Ohio Swiss Festival’s Little Swiss Miss contest, held Thursday evening.
The 9-year-old was one of six girls hoping to become the 2022 Little Swiss Miss. She randomly selected the covered red rose to claim the title.
Julia is the daughter of Jason and Patti Hart of Dover. Her reign will begin Jan. 1 to Dec. 30, 2022.
The two contestants who selected yellow roses – Ava Regula, 9, and Kayla Mullet, 11, – were named attendants. Ava is the daughter of Derrick and Kara Regula of Fresno and Kayla is the daughter of Mike and Teresa Mullet of Dundee.
Julia, a fourth-grader at Dover Avenue Elementary, was speechless after she unwrapped the rose.
“I was surprised,” she said. “My favorite part of the Swiss Festival are the rides and apple fritters.”
Julia enjoys dance, cheerleading, video games, riding her bicycle and art.
The 2020 Ohio Swiss Festival Queen Madelyn Meiser placed the tiara on Julia’s head.
Julia will receive $100, a tiara, sash and flowers. The attendants each receive $50 a tiara, sash and flowers.
Anne Guggisberg was mistress of ceremonies and is pageant director.
The weather was picture perfect Friday for the 68th Ohio Swiss Festival and the annual Kiddie’s parade.
The event was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Melanie Cox, a teacher at Ragersville Elementary, served as mistress of ceremonies for the parade. The parade is sponsored by the Killbuck Savings Bank and the banner was carried by Garaway Active Pirates students.
The parade was led by the Sugarcreek police with the Sugarcreek boy and girl scout troops next in line.
The Garaway middle school band performed, playing “Hang on Sloopy.” Hiland combined bands also participated.
Winning floats in the order of finish were:
• Buzzing Around the Swiss Festival, first place, with Maverick, Griffin, Harper, and Hadley Jarvis, Cadan, Kate, and Madison Miller, Maylee, Phoebe, Grace Tango, and Punkie the Puppy.
• Pearl Valley Cheese with grandchildren and great grandchildren of John and Grace Stalder was second.
• Oh, Snap a Trap with Aria and Carson Regula and Jillian, Natalie and Lydia Sellers garnering a third place.
Other winners in order of finish were:
• Best decorated dog -Mia Swartzentruber, Sarah Barkett, Chloe Miller.
• Best stroller – Gianna Immel, Ava Bumheimer.
• Best other pet- Kody Stein, Ashyton Troyer, Addy and Avery McCaslin.
• Swiss Couple, Pre-school – Emily and Tobias Richter, Caroline and Reece Rowe, Knox Brown and Cree Patterson.
• Swiss Boy, Pre-school – Sebastian Chavez, Luke Barkett, Raylon Solomon.
• Swiss Girl, Pre-school – Eirwen (OK) Creachbaum, Addison Eslich, Aryanna Vitale.
• Decorated Buggy- Hannah Barkett.
• Decorated Scooter – Collin Lorenz, Finn Yoder, Raya Doty.
• Decorated Coaster Wagon – Aurora and Aryabella Frase, Aubrey and Kennedy Grove, Amelia, Harper, and Pippa Miller.
• Decorated Bicycle – Autumn Troyer, Carson Immel.
• Decorated 4-Wheel Vehicle – Joel Horgan, Corbin Mullet.
• Swiss Girl Kindergarten and older – Aliviahna Hackney, Lucy Numbers.
• Swiss Boy Kindergarten and older – Oliver Miller.
The results of the Big Wheel Race, held Thursday night, are as follows:
Kindergarten Division in order of finish:
• Bryce Andreas, Joel Horgan, Noah Shaw; First Grade Division – Alayna Raber, Charles McCaslin, Samuel Show.
Kayla Gerber was chosen as the 2022 Ohio Swiss Festival Queen during a ceremony held Friday in front of the Cuckoo Clock on North Broadway and Main Street.
The contest was moved from the main stage to the Cuckoo Clock because of musical entertainment set up on the stage.
Kayla, 16, is the daughter of Tim and Amy Gerber of Sugarcreek. She is a junior at Garaway High.
“I worked with family members to gain a good knowledge of the festival. I also had good support from my family,” she said. “My favorite part of the Swiss Festival are the parades. It is exciting.”
She was crowned by Madelyn Meiser, the 2020 Queen.
Morgan Schlabach, 15, a freshman at Garaway High, is the attendant. She is the daughter of Marlin and Susie Schlabach of Sugarcreek.
Both contestants were interviewed prior to the contest by Todd and Rachel Day, from the Holmes County Antique Festival, which will be held next weekend.
The queen will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Ohio Swiss Cheese Association and $1,000 from the Ohio Swiss Festival Association once her reign is completed. The reign begins Jan. 1, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2022. She received a crown, sash, flowers and a trophy.
The attendant receives $500 from the Ohio Swiss Cheese Association and $500 from Guggisberg Cheese. She received a tiara, sash, flowers and a trophy.