As the first of four pageants got under way, the Little Mr. and Miss pageant kicked off the Fiesta at the Fair theme at this year’s Wharton County Youth Fair on Saturday afternoon.
Twenty-seven youngsters took to the stage in Crescent Hall, but only one boy and one girl walked away with the title of Little Mr. and Little Miss.
Channing Bacak of El Campo, daughter of Bart and Heather Bacak, was crowned Little Miss, and Gage Seymour of El Campo, son of Brian and Gretchen Seymour, was named Little Mr.
From the 22 girls and five boys who competed, five finalists were announced for each group after having completed personal interviews with the judges and presenting themselves on stage for introductions and answering impromptu questions by emcee Patsy Womack.
Points were tallied and the finalists were announced.
In addition to Bacak, who was named Little Miss, the other finalists were Brooklyn Leopold of El Campo, first runner-up; Brynlee Price of El Campo, second runner-up; Mallory Mahalitc of Newgulf and Vanessa Riha of El Campo. The other four boys named as finalists were Korben Dorotik of East Bernard, first runner-up; Hudson Riha of El Campo, second runner-up; Brayden Kudelka of El Campo and Slate West of Newgulf.
When Bacak’s name was called out for Little Miss, her facial expression was full of surprise.
“I just asked myself ‘what just happened?’” she said. “I felt excited. I was in the top six last year.”
The Little Mr. also didn’t think he had a shot at winning.
“I was second runner-up last year,” he said. “I didn’t think I was going to get Little Mr.”
He was especially excited about all the prizes he received.