Last year’s Kingsbury County Snow Queen Festival, sponsored by the Progressive Community Women (PCW) of Lake Preston, was cancelled at the last minute amongst COVID concerns and limited participation. The event had been an annual tradition for 65 years. This year, the show went on, but with only two senior girls vying for the snow queen title; Riley Myers of De Smet, a daughter of Scott Myers and Sonja Doyle, and Morgan Curd of Lake Preston, a daughter of Kevin and Kristi Curd. Myers was sponsored by the Oxbow Restaurant, and Curd was sponsored by Josie Repair.
Lake Preston High School English teacher Krista O’Dea was Master of Ceremonies.
Myers won the snow queen title and will be awarded a $250 scholarship from the PCW. The organization will also sponsor her participation in the state South Dakota Snow Queen Festival in Aberdeen in January.
The Little Miss Snowflake competition had 17 participants. This contest is typically made up of Lake Preston kindergarten and first graders, but because there was not an official Little Miss Snowflake contest last year, second-graders were also invited to participate this year. Harper Hill, a daughter of Braeton and Sarah Hill, was crowned Little Miss Snowflake. Landry Eschenbaum, a daughter of Sterling and Courtney Eschenbaum, was named first-runner up and Kinzlee Olson, a daughter of Jerod and Melanie Olson, was named second runner-up.
Frosty, the mystery snowperson, was revealed to be Renae Olson, a Lake Preston educator. Brandi Nissen, Shaun Peckenpaugh and Jodi Stanga were judges for both the Little Miss Snowflake and Snow Queen contests.
Katie Burggraff provided piano music, and Marissa Rober and Jocelyn Steffensen sang the Little Miss Snowflake song. Konner Nuzum served as escort for the Little Miss Snowflake contestants, and Orrin Sylvester escorted the snow queen candidates.
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