The Pine Tree Festival of Walker crowned their new queen for the 2016 festival at Walker Freshman High School. Mallorie Sanders, a sophomore at Southeastern and native of Livingston walked away with the crown after competing against three other girls for the title. In addition of walking away with the title, Sanders was also awarded photogenic, best fashion and interview.Sanders court was as follows:
1st runner up – Sarah Rosenthal
2nd runner up – Jillian Reed
3rd runner up – Andrea Lopez
Rosenthal also won the other two awards offered, congeniality and beauty.
After her crowning moment and several photos, Sanders said, “It was such a magical moment and I was surprised. There was a bunch of lovely ladies in our division so it was tough competition, but I’m really excited for this journey.”The 2015 Pine Tree Festival queen, Haley Loyacano who’s also a sophomore at Southeastern, crowned Sanders after emceeing the other divisions, taking her last walk as queen and giving her farewell speech.
Once Loyacano gave up her title, she said, “Today was just a bag of mixed emotions and it’s kind of a bittersweet day right now. I’m kind of bitter but I know that it’s going to be okay. Mallorie is going to do a great job and the pageant was a success.”
Loyacano’s plans for the future are to focus on school and enjoy her job as a 2016 Orientation Leader as well as, compete for the title of Miss Livingston Parish Fair during fall 2016.
Sanders will spend the next year traveling across Louisiana to represent Walker and the Pine Tree Festival. She will also compete in the Louisiana’s Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen of Queens pageant in February.
Sanders and the other contestants in the Miss division competed in interview, evening gown and onstage presentation.The festival pageant board had a full day as they began with baby pageants with contestants from ages 0-10, continued with the teen pageants with contestants from ages 11-17 and finished with the miss pageant, allowing their contestants to be 18-23.
For more information on the Pine Tree Festival or the pageant visit their website.
Watch below for the presentation of awards and Sanders crowning moment.