Prattville – LeeAnn Cahoon was crowned Miss Labor Day 2009 on Monday afternoon during the 57th annual Labor Day BBQ held at Pratt Park in downtown Prattville. Brittany Hillman and Ashley Deer took top honors as 1st runner up and 2nd runner up respectively.
The Prattville Service League sponsored the pageant and Jessica Brookshire, Miss Fountain City 2010, was there to emcee the event. Also on hand to assist in the pageant was local radio celebrity, Leanne Thompson (Mix 103.3 FM), whose ten-year-old daughter Ashlee Sechrist participated earlier in the day in the Junior Miss Labor Day competition.
A ninth grader at Prattville High School, Cahoon’s interests include golf, volleyball, and Beta Club. She is also involved in the Youth Choir at First Baptist Church in the city.
The new titleholder and parents Wes and Sheridan are natives of Prattville. Cahoon could not believe that she had won the honor.
“It really didn’t register at first,” Cahoon said. “I was trying to have confidence in myself and didn’t really realize that my name had been called. I’m so proud of the other contestants, too.”
In addition to Cahoon, Hillman, and Deer, Eva Riddle, Rebekah Hoyt, Bailey Corley, Jade Reese, Mary Sanders, and Carlee Beth Nobles competed for the title of Miss Labor Day on Monday.
Earlier in the day other pageants were held at the park; Tiny Miss Labor Day (4-6 year olds), Little Miss Labor Day (7-9 year olds), and Junior Miss Labor Day (10-13 year olds). Judges of those events included Mayor Jim Byard Jr., Dean Argo, and Greg Faulkner.
Allison King, who has been the Miss Labor Day Chairman for three years, explained a few of the rules associated with the pageants.
“Judges cannot be from Prattville,” said King. “Our judges this year came from Auburn, Opelika, and Birmingham.”
“Most contestants have been affiliated with Miss Alabama. Anyone can enter, though, and all you have to do is fill out an application and pay a $30 entry fee.”
Article by Melissa Parker
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