Nine girls participated in the second annual Homestead Days Junior Miss Talent Show Wednesday night at Community Players in Beatrice.
Amber Lovitt, Executive Director of CASA of Gage County, said this was the second year that CASA has hosted the event.
“The Homestead Days talent show has always been one of my favorite Homestead Days events as a youngster growing up in this community,” she said. “I like when young people are proud and like to show their talent to others. It’s a fun afternoon and evening for everyone involved.
During the afternoon, participants decorated cupcakes, sang and did leadership activities. During this time, they were each asked to vote for Miss Congeniality after each activity. They were asked to vote for the person who was kind and helpful during the activity.
Beatrice Police Department sergeant Derek Hosiek served as emcee. Shelby Barnard Thernes, Bailey Beauchamp, Katelyn Bohlmeyer, Roni Larmeu and Dalton Neuman were the judges for the evening.
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Each of the girls showcased their individual talent in front of the audience. The girls chose singing, dancing, gymnastics and Taekwondo. One participant, Harrison Harris, painted a picture that will be displayed at the Beatrice Public Library during Homestead Days.
Participants also answered a question from the judge which was pre-written.
Ava Meints, daughter of Matt and Kate Meints, was chosen as Miss Congeniality and presented with a necklace.
“My favorite part of the day was doing my gym routine,” Meints said.
Chloe Oltmans, daughter of David and Lissa Oltmans, has been crowned Junior Miss Homestead Queen 2022.
“My favorite part of the day was being able to sing with all the other girls and hear their beautiful voices too,” she said. “They are all very talented. I made a lot of new friends today.
Lissa Oltmans said that as a mother she loved watching all the different talents.
“When Chloe sang Amazing Grace, I cried tears of joy. She did an amazing job,” Lissa said.
As Jr. Miss Homestead Queen, Oltmans will also be at the Little Tuggers Tractor Pull on Thursday, Cruise Night on Friday, judging at the parade on Saturday and helping with the Sidewalk Chalk activity on Saturday afternoon.
Lovitt said she hopes to host the event next year and has ideas that will add to the day.