The city of Nokomis welcomed four new royalty during this year’s Nokomis Homecoming on Friday evening, July 9, on the South Stage in Memorial Park.
Abby Spencer served as this year’s master of ceremonies for the pageants and introduced each of this year’s contestants and judges.
Returning to this year’s pageants was the Cutest Baby Contest, and taking home top honors were first place winner Baylor Patrick Marley, five-month-old son of Nick and Lexy Marley, followed by Layton Kenneth Gross, nine-month-old son of Brooke and Caleb Gross in second, and Kenny Lee Hefley, ten-month-old son of Bob Hefley, Jr. and Kayla Hefley, in third place.
In each division, contestants were given pop-up questions as part of an on-stage interview. The queen contestants were also given a random word and shared what it meant to them.
Sawyer Spencer, sponsored by HD Exteriors, was crowned this year’s Little Miss Nokomis and Brody Wright, sponsored by Deb Sarsany Team with the Real Estate Group, was crowned Little Mister Nokomis. First runner-up for the Little Miss division was Myla Brown, who was sponsored by Allen Tire and Auto, and first runner-up in the Little Mister division was Silas West, sponsored by Law Offices of Glenn and West LLC.
Other participants included Rylee Blevins, sponsored by Vandenburg Farms; Ruthie Himes; and Kayla West, sponsored by Law Offices of Glenn and West LLC.
“To the next Little Miss Nokomis, I hope you have the best year of your life,” said retiring 2019 Little Miss Nokomis Christina “C.J.” Yeske said in her farewell speech.
In the Junior Miss portion, Yeske, who was sponsored by HD Exteriors, took home the crown. The first runner-up was Zemirah Robertson, sponsored by In His Image Photography. Also vying for Junior Miss was Laurelie Hill, who was sponsored by Dirks Auto Care LLC.
The 2019 retiring Junior Miss Nokomis Ilexia Doyen told the new Junior Miss to always believe in herself.
Four beautiful young ladies competed in this year’s queen division with Presley Lamb, sponsored by Farmers Oil, being crowned as the 2021 Miss Nokomis Homecoming. First runner-up was Emma Hand, sponsored by M&M Service Company. Also running were Emma Hill, sponsored by Ugly Mugs and Kaylee Tester, sponsored by Dirks Auto Care LLC.
“This has been such as an amazing opportunity,” said retiring 2019 Miss Nokomis Sydney Herpstreith, who also said she hopes the next Miss has as much fun as she did during her reign.
Winning contestants were awarded a scholarship, as well as items from local businesses.
On Saturday, July 10, early rains and a ominous forecast looked like it might cause problems for the parade, but all remained dry and the event went off without a hitch that pleasant evening.
This year’s theme was Family Game night and several groups showed their best interpretation of the classics.
This year’s winners of the parade in the Local Adult class were the Nokomis Women’s Club, followed by the Lions Club in second. In the homemade float division, the pink clad Operation float took first, with Nokomis Class of 1970 second and Santa and Mrs. Claus third.
In the Local Commercial division, Johnson Renovations took the top spot, followed by St. Louis School and Lipe’s Tire Service in second and third. For out of town businesses, Marten Insurance placed first with their Scrabble themed float, followed by Sloan’s Implement in second.
In the antique divisions, Linda Wanger’s Chevrolet Bel Air was the top antique car, while Nathan Ruppert’s Model A pickup took top honors in antique trucks. In the tractor class, Carter Lentz’s Farmall H was first, followed by Chris Wood on a Massey Harris 101 Jr. in second and Greg Sullivan in third.