Belpre Homecoming wraps up another year
BELPRE — Pageants for humans and dogs capped off the 86th annual Belpre Homecoming Festival on Saturday.
This year’s festival was missing the carnival rides of past festivals due to a scheduling conflict, but organizers said the public did not seem to miss the rides.
“We had some people come up and say they like the inflatables more and one lady said she was afraid to allow her children on the rides, but did not worry about the inflatables,” said Kelly Cox, a festival committee member. “In some ways not having them was a blessing.
“We know there are some people who are disappointed that there are no rides, but we are so much more than rides.”
There were a number of vendors selling their wares at the festival Saturday, which closed out the festival.
Tammy Lowers, of Parkersburg, owner of Tammy’s Handcrafted Pearls and More, said she was in her first year taking her jewelry making business out to area fairs and festivals. Lowers, who makes items from fresh-water cultured pearls, said she decided to expand her jewelry after she and her husband retired.
“We decided to get out to the festivals and meet people,” she said.
Cox said the festival had a good turnout Friday for the car show and the bike show on Thursday. She added Saturday was a good day for the festivals as well with people coming out for the Puppy Pageant and the Miss Teen Belpre and Miss Belpre pageants.
Winners of the Miss Belpre Teen and Miss Belpre pageants were: Miss Belpre, Stephanie McAfee, of Belpre, and first runner-up was Faith Shields who also selected as Miss Congeniality, while Miss Photogenic was Stephanie Sydenstriker; and Miss Teen Belpre, Kayla Harnage, Marietta; first runner-up, Taryn Johnson and second runner-up was Lanie Johnson who was also Miss Photogenic. Olivia Miller was Miss Congeniality.
Area dogs also had their time to show off for the crowds in the third annual Puppy Pageant held early Saturday afternoon. Angie Beck, owner of Boxers Bed and Biscuits, said the Belpre-based business was sponsoring the Puppy Pageant for the third year. She added the winners of the pageant will be featured in the float in the 2019 homecoming parade.
Beck said the winners got several rewards.
“They get a basket of treats and trophies,” she said. “Every year it gets bigger and bigger; this year we had more than 30 entries.”
Contestants were little dogs, less then 35 pounds, and big dogs, 35 pounds or more. Winners in the puppy pageant were; runners up little dogs, male, Vinnie, a French bulldog and female, Nikita, a French bulldog, large male was Russell, a Newfoundland. There were no females large breed dogs entered.
Selected as King and Queen of the pageant were, little King, Hemi; little Queen, Cora and Large King, Marshall.