One magical night to remember


Strawberry Festival to crown queen

Melanie Yingst | Miami Valley Sunday News file photo From left, first attendant Krishna Brucia, Queen Brooke Klopfenstein and second attendant Cassidy Poland, were named the Queen’s court for the 2018 Troy Strawberry Festival last year.

Melanie Yingst | Miami Valley Sunday News file photo From left, first attendant Krishna Brucia, Queen Brooke Klopfenstein and second attendant Cassidy Poland, were named the Queen’s court for the 2018 Troy Strawberry Festival last year.


Abby Johnson Troy High School Senior


Alissa Dever Troy High School Senior


Cassidy Poland Troy High School Sophomore


Haley Stanaford Troy High School Junior


Jaden Stine Newton High School Junior


Josalyn Abrams Troy High School Senior


Jessie Welker Troy High School Senior


Josie Rohlfs Troy High School Senior


Katie Robinson Troy High School Senior


Kourtnie Riviello Troy Christian Senior


Kyleigh Ryan Milton-Union Sophomore


Mackenzie Bricker Lehman Catholic High School Senior


MariCait Gillespie Troy High School Senior


Maeve Vulcan Piqua High School Junior


Megan Wheeler Troy High School Senior


Molly Sanders Troy High School Troy


Olive Stringer Troy High School Senior


Riley Johnson Troy High School Senior


Samantha Sendral Bethel High School Junior


Samantha Short Bethel High School Sophomore


Skylar Kline Troy High School Senior


By David Fong

dfong@aimmediamidwest.com

TROY — The Troy Strawberry Festival Queens Pageant may last but one magical night, but the reign lasts an entire year and the memories last for a lifetime.

This year’s Troy Strawberry Festival Queen’s Pageant will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, May 3 in the Troy High School auditorium. There will be a $5 entry fee for all those who wish to attend.

The Strawberry Queen’s Pageant is one of the first events of Troy’s annual festival, which brings tens of thousands of visitors to the city, generating millions of dollars for local businesses, non-profits and vendors. This year’s queen and her court will preside over not only festival weekend itself, but the many the pre-festival events in the weeks leading up to Strawberry Festival weekend, which takes place this year June 1-2 in downtown Troy and along the Miami River levee.

Once the festival is over, however, that does not mean the end of the duties for the queen and her court, as they often are called upon to make appearances throughout the year (when available) to promote the Troy Strawberry Festival. The queen and her court also will appear at other local and regional festivals throughout the year.

At this year’s pageant, 2018 Troy Strawberry Festival Queen Brooke Klopfenstein will perform her final duty as queen as she crowns the 2019 queen, which will be one of 21 Miami County girls from either Troy, Piqua, Milton-Union, Bethel, Troy Christian, Newton or Lehman Catholic High School.

There are three events that go into crowning a Troy Strawberry Festival Queen. All contestants first must go through a pre-pageant interview process with the judges, which will be scored and added to the final tally on the night of the pageant. On the actual night of the pageant, there also will be a talent portion and an on-stage interview.

The queen will receive a $1,200 scholarship, sponsored by Excellence in Dentistry. The first runner-up will receive an $800 scholarship, sponsored by Faurecia. The second runner-up will receive a $600 scholarship, sponsored by Faurecia. The queen’s crown is sponsored by Harris Jewelers. The queen and court charm bracelets are sponsored by Hittle’s Jewelry. The awards are sponsored by Troy Sports Center. The flowers are sponsored by Your Personal Florist.

This year’s candidates are:

Kyleigh Ryan, sophomore at Milton-Union High School

Jessie Welker, senior at Troy High School

Abby Johnson, senior at Troy High School

Josalyn Abrams, senior at Troy High School

Haley Stanaford, junior at Troy High School

Alissa Dever, senior at Troy High School

Riley Johnson, senior at Troy High School

Samantha Sendral, junior at Bethel High School

Skylar Kline, senior at Troy High School

MariCait Gillespie, junior at Troy High School

Kourtnie Riviello, senior at Troy Christian High School

Maeve Vulcan, junior at Piqua High School

Megan Wheeler, senior at Troy High School

Jaden Stine, junior at Newton High School

Cassidy Poland, sophomore at Troy High School

Molly Sanders, senior at Troy High School

Samantha Short, sophomore at Bethel High School

Katie Robinson, senior at Troy High School

Josie Rohlfs, senior at Troy High School

Olive Stringer, freshman at Troy High School

Mackenzie Bricker, senior at Lehman Catholic High School

©2019 Miami Valley Sunday News, all rights reserved.

Melanie Yingst | Miami Valley Sunday News file photo From left, first attendant Krishna Brucia, Queen Brooke Klopfenstein and second attendant Cassidy Poland, were named the Queen’s court for the 2018 Troy Strawberry Festival last year.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_IMG_7576.jpgMelanie Yingst | Miami Valley Sunday News file photo From left, first attendant Krishna Brucia, Queen Brooke Klopfenstein and second attendant Cassidy Poland, were named the Queen’s court for the 2018 Troy Strawberry Festival last year.

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Abby Johnson Troy High School Senior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Abby_Johnson.jpgAbby Johnson Troy High School Senior

Alissa Dever Troy High School Senior
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Cassidy Poland Troy High School Sophomore
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Cassidy-Poland.jpgCassidy Poland Troy High School Sophomore

Haley Stanaford Troy High School Junior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Haley_Stanaford.jpgHaley Stanaford Troy High School Junior

Jaden Stine Newton High School Junior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Jaden_Stine.jpgJaden Stine Newton High School Junior

Josalyn Abrams Troy High School Senior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Jasalyn_Abrams.jpgJosalyn Abrams Troy High School Senior

Jessie Welker Troy High School Senior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Jessie_Welker.jpgJessie Welker Troy High School Senior

Josie Rohlfs Troy High School Senior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Josie_Rohlfs.jpgJosie Rohlfs Troy High School Senior

Katie Robinson Troy High School Senior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Katie_Robinson.jpgKatie Robinson Troy High School Senior

Kourtnie Riviello Troy Christian Senior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Kourtnie_Riviells.jpgKourtnie Riviello Troy Christian Senior

Kyleigh Ryan Milton-Union Sophomore
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Kyleigh_Ryan.jpgKyleigh Ryan Milton-Union Sophomore

Mackenzie Bricker Lehman Catholic High School Senior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Mackenzie_Bricker.jpgMackenzie Bricker Lehman Catholic High School Senior

MariCait Gillespie Troy High School Senior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Maricait_Gillespie.jpgMariCait Gillespie Troy High School Senior

Maeve Vulcan Piqua High School Junior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Marve_Vulcan.jpgMaeve Vulcan Piqua High School Junior

Megan Wheeler Troy High School Senior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Megan_Wheeler.jpgMegan Wheeler Troy High School Senior

Molly Sanders Troy High School Troy
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Molly_Sanders.jpgMolly Sanders Troy High School Troy

Olive Stringer Troy High School Senior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Olive_Stringer.jpgOlive Stringer Troy High School Senior

Riley Johnson Troy High School Senior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Riley_Johnson.jpgRiley Johnson Troy High School Senior

Samantha Sendral Bethel High School Junior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Samantha_Sandral.jpgSamantha Sendral Bethel High School Junior

Samantha Short Bethel High School Sophomore
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Samantha_Short.jpgSamantha Short Bethel High School Sophomore

Skylar Kline Troy High School Senior
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/04/web1_Skylar_Kline.jpgSkylar Kline Troy High School Senior
Strawberry Festival to crown queen