BELPRE - Belpre crowned its 2012 Miss Teen and Miss Belpre Homecoming on Saturday night as the 80th annual Belpre Homecoming Festival wound to a close.
During the joint pageant ceremony in the Civitan Park gazebo, Whitney Gibson, of Belpre, was crowned 2012 Miss Belpre Homecoming with Calle Logston, of Belpre, being named the first runner-up for the title.
Devon Breann Anderson, of Vincent, was crowned 2012 Miss Teen Belpre moments before Gibson with Catherine Kunze, of Marietta, being named the Teen Miss runner-up.
Devon Breann Anderson, of Vincent, was crowned 2012 Miss Teen Belpre Saturday night at Civitan Park during the 80th annual Belpre Homecoming festivities. (Photo by Jolene Craig)
Whitney Gibson, of Belpre, was crowned 2012 Miss Belpre Homecoming on Saturday night at Civitan Park during the final evening of the 80th annual Belpre Homecoming festivities. (Photo by Jolene Craig)
In the Miss Teen Belpre pageant Grace Knapp, of Belpre, was named Miss Photogenic while Tiffany Perry, of Belpre, was named Miss Photogenic for the Miss Belpre pageant. Logston was named Miss Congeniality for both pageants.
Gibson and Anderson received their flowers and crowns by 2011 Miss Teen Belpre Malana Hall and 2011 Miss Belpre Mercedes Trescott, who are sisters.
The pageant judges were Mrs. Hurricane Fourth of July Julie Warden, Mrs. West Virginia International Sarah Brown and Mrs. West Virginia Dandelion Festival Kelsi Ullom.
"It is a wonderful opportunity to have fellow queens as judges so they can help guide the winners," pageant director Danielle Dowler said Saturday night.
The Miss Teen and Miss Belpre pageants were the last events for the 2012 Belpre Homecoming Festival, with multiple pageants having taken place since the festival's opening ceremonies on Thursday.
The first pageant of the festival was the Junior Miss Belpre Homecoming pageant with six contestants in the gazebo bandstand. During the pageant, Arianna Nedeff, of Belpre, was crowned to take over the duties of 2011 Junior Miss Belpre Brylee Paige Weekley.
The Little Miss and Little Mister Belpre pageants took place Friday evening with Grace Sprout, of Belpre, being named Little Miss Belpre Homecoming and the new Little Mister Belpre title going to Aiden Boyer, of Belpre.
Dowler said the winners of all of the Belpre Homecoming pageants will represent the city of Belpre by attending local fairs, parades and other events for the next year.