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Beauties crowned at pageant
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Pictured at right, 16-19-year-old division of Miss Viola Valley Queen and people’s choice went to Ameleah Wellman. At left, first runner-up went to Kaitlyn Desmarais who also received best eyes and smile. - photo by Sheila Fann

Viola Valley’s Valentine Pageant was a crowning success Saturday, receiving 59 entries with ages ranging from a few months to 19 years.  

The event, which benefited the Warren County Food Bank and HOME, Homeless of McMinnville Effort, received approximately 1,700 food items from participants. Large crowds came out to Viola Community Center to cheer on their favorite contestant, leaving standing room only during much of the pageant. 

Jennifer Gribble and daughter Kate Gribble were the co-chairs of the event. 

“My daughter’s first pageant that she won was a Valentine’s Pageant and I thought ‘Why not do this?’ said Jennifer. “It will be a way to help the community while helping the girls learn confidence, poise, and make new friends. HOME and the Food Bank are humanitarian efforts and it’s important as a society to give back. It also means a lot to me to teach my daughter the importance of giving back.”

This is the second pageant organized by Jennifer Gribble and she says it is possible she may organize another for this coming summer.