Harvest Festival Princess


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Cambrie Johansen, the daughter of Scott and Dawn Johansen of Pierson, was crowned Harvest Festival princess.

Article by Elizabeth Waldon of the Daily News


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Katie Busch, 7, bested four other competitors for the title of princess. The daughter of Vanesse Busch charmed in a peach dress as she explained to the judges how she likes to use flower petals to create unique arts and crafts.

Other princess contestants included Annabell Carlton, 7, the daughter of Johnny and Estell Carlton, Cambrie Johansen, 8, the daughter of Scott and Dawn Johnson, Haylee Prescott, 6, the daughter of Carlie Prescott, and Laila Harvey, 7, the daughter of Jon and Crystal Cross.

Article by Elizabeth Waldon of the Daily News


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New Harvest Festival princess is crowned


Daily News staff writer

HOWARD CITY — Princesses are pretty.

Princesses are role models. Princesses get breakfast in bed.

Those were some of the reasons given by young con-testants when they were asked why they wanted to be a princess.

But Ma Leea Neely, 5, got right to the point.

“I want to be in the Harvest Festival,” she declared. “ I want to be a princess because I think it would be fun to wear the crown.”

Sporting a frothy pink ballerina dress with her hair in a fancy updo, Neely was crowned the new Harvest Festival princess Tuesday night at Christ the King Catholic Church in Howard City. She is the daughter of Shane and Cindy Vesely of Howard City.

The sociable Neely charmed hostess Maureen Baker and judges Michelle Barker, Jamie Bunting and Dauvan Mullaly by telling them how she enjoys coloring and playing outside. She said she wants to be a music teacher when she grows up.

Other princess contestants included Krysta Bennett, 7, the daughter of Marc and Pam Bennett; Autumn Mc Coy, 5, the daughter of Ben and Amber Mc Coy; and Heaven Smits, 9, the daugh-ter of Josh and Sadie Smits.

Outgoing Harvest Festival Princess Deja Ayriss gave a fond farewell to her subjects Tuesday night.

“Being a princess was a lot of fun for me,” said the well-spoken girl. “I hope the next princess has as much fun as me. I believe all girls are princesses.”

Princess Neely will join new Harvest Festival Queen Sarah Vuillemot at the eighth annual Harvest Festival in downtown Howard City on Sept. 18.

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