Little Miss Poultry Days selected


“From the mailbox!” Averi Arhns’ response to the question “Where did you get your dress?” drew laughter from Master of Ceremonies Ken DeMange and the audience at the Little Miss Poultry Days Contest Friday.

Shown are the 24 young ladies who competed for the title of “Little Miss Poultry Days” at a pageant held Friday in Versailles.

Little Miss Poultry Days Contest Winner Rhylan Broerman, 6, of Yorkshire (center) is joined by First Runner Up Averi Ahrns, 4, of Yorkshire (left), and Second Runner Up Caleigh Stebbins, 5, of Greenville (right).

VERSAILLES — Rhylan Broerman, 6, of Yorkshire was named “Little Miss Poultry Days” at the 31st annual Little Miss Poultry Days Contest Friday.

Rhylan is the daughter of Nick and Amber Broerman.

First Runner Up was Averi Ahrns, 4, of Yorkshire, daughter of Karl and Tyanna Ahrns. Caleigh Stebbins, 5, of Greenville, daughter of Jason and Mindy Stebbins, was named Second Runner Up.

A total of 24 girls, aged 4 to 6, competed for the honor. The contestants’ costumes incorporated poultry and baseball, reflecting the theme of this year’s festival “Take Me Out to Poultry Days.”

The young ladies were judged on the originality and theme of their attire, as well as their personality, poise and ability to speak.

Ken DeMange served as master of ceremonies. Members of the 2014 Miss Chick Court escorted the contestants to the staging area.

Other contestants included:

Callie Schmitmeyer, 4, Arcanum; Madelyn Roscoe, 5, Galena; Corynn Goubeaux, 5, Versailles; Rowan Schmitmeyer, 5, Versailles; Kyra Bergman, 5, North Star; Lexi Timmerman, 5, Versailles; Macy Rae Smith, 5, Russia; Kenszie Glass, 6, Greenville; Lydia Ward, 5, Versailles; Maggie DeLand, 5, Troy; Brooke Keiser, 5, North Star; Lillian Selhorst, 5, Yorkshire; Ava Rismiller, 6, Yorkshire; Jaelyn Hecht, 6, Versailles; Gwendolyn Schneible, 4, Russia; Ragan Saylor, 5, Sidney; Gabrielle Nelson, 4, Versailles; Juliet Ahrens, 6, Versailles; Lillian Dirksen, 4, Maria Stein; Alaina Branham, 5, Versailles; and Skylyn Bradley, 5, Versailles.

Contest judges this year were Angie Long, Rebecca Vagedes and Sheila Knapke. Little Miss Poultry Days Chairperson is Kimberly Hecht.