Four Gaylord-area students are seeking the title of Miss Gaylord. The young woman who earns the title will spend the next year representing the City of Gaylord at parades and other events across the state. Most notably, she will represent Gaylord at the Winter Carnival and Aquatennial.
Coronation will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14th at Sibley East Jr. High Middle Gym, where the 35th Miss Gaylord and her court will be crowned. This event is open to the public. Entry to coronation is free with a 2010 Eggstravaganza button or $5 at the door.
Becker, 17, is the daughter of Kurt and Laurie Becker of rural Gaylord. She is a senior at Sibley East High School. After graduation, she plans to attend a four year university to pursue a degree in business management or agribusiness.
She is employed by Jerry’s Home Quality Foods in Arlington. Becker enjoys playing volleyball, dirt track racing, cooking, babysitting, family gatherings and having fun with friends. She is sponsored by First National Bank Minnesota.
Gonzalez, 17, is the daughter of Erasmo and Eloisa Gonzalez of Gaylord. She is entering her senior year at Sibley East High School. After graduation, she plans to attend Bethany Lutheran College to pursue a degree in nursing, and then continue on to medical school.
Gonzalez’s hobbies include reading, writing, riding her bike, playing basketball and cleaning. She is sponsored by Haircut Ann’s.
Hahn, 17, is the daughter of Curtis and Tracy Hahn of Gaylord. This fall, she will be a senior at Sibley East High School. After graduation, she plans to attend a four year college to pursue a degree in nursing.
She is employed by the Good Samaritan Center in Arlington and as a babysitter. She enjoys scrapbooking, swimming, babysitting, teaching Sunday school, youth group, and spending time with family and friends. She is sponsored by Gaylord Sanitation Rolloff.
Quast, 18, is the daughter of Brian and Rosy Quast of rural Gaylord. She is a senior at Sibley East High School. After graduation, she plans to attend college to pursue a career in the medical field.
Quast’s hobbies include swimming, being with friends and family, watching movies, and playing softball. She works at Jerry’s Home Quality Foods in Arlington and coaches Gaylord Summer Rec. She is sponsored by Sibley Surveyors Inc.
The candidates stay busy right up until coronation. On Sunday Aug. 1, they represented Gaylord at the Giant Celebration parade and Corn Feed in Le Sueur with the current royalty. The reigning Miss Gaylord is Nicole Grack. Her court includes First Princess, Lauren Keithahn and Second Princess, Angie Johnson.
Monday Aug. 9 is the beginning of Candidate Week. The candidates and current royalty participate in a service project at the Gaylord Library. Tuesday is Pamper Night. The girls are treated to a make-over and other relaxing pampering. The Judging Dinner takes place on Wednesday. The girls enjoy a meal with their sponsors and judges. Following dinner, a short program is presented by the current royalty and then each candidate gives a speech on why she wishes to be Miss Gaylord. After the speeches, the candidates answer questions randomly drawn from a fish bowl. The night wraps up with private interviews.
The candidates help kick off the Eggstravaganza Celebration Thursday evening. They are introduced to the public at the Meet the Candidates event at the Gaylord Pool and enjoy a front row seat at the Pool Show. Friday and Saturday are filled with public appearances including the EGGceptional breakfast on Friday morning, tours of Gaylord businesses, the Egg Walk, parade, and their very own Pretty Princess booth in the park on Saturday.