POINT PLEASANT — The Battle Days celebration is just around the corner and royalty to reign over this year’s event will be chosen this weekend and raise money for a good, local cause.
This year’s Battle Days Pageant begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church. The pageant is a fundraiser for the Mason County Toys for Kids Association, which has been providing toys for needy, local kids at Christmas for many years.
According to Pageant Director Brandy Barkey Sweeney, the pageant theme is “Believe.”
“As a community, when we come together and believe, we can make a difference in the lives of those around us and miracles can happen,” Barkey Sweeney said about the “Believe” pageant theme.
Last year, Barkey Sweeney had to miss the annual pageant that has been under her direction due to health issues. Following a successful heart transplant, she is back at the helm.
This year the PPJ/SHS Dance Team will be performing and a few special community guests will also take part in this year’s pageant.
Contestants are: Erykah Roach of Point Pleasant, daughter of Angela Roach and Jason Roach, sponsored by Advanced Design. Conner Grady of Leon, daughter of Michael and Deanna Grady, sponsored by Beach Beauty Tanning and Hair Salon, LLC. Maggie Criste of Point Pleasant, daughter of Mike and Kennah Criste, sponsored by Cardel Criste. Kyra Riffle of Point Pleasant, daughter of Charles and Buffy Riffle, sponsored by J & R Auto Repair.
Kate Henderson of Henderson, daughter of Jim and Andrea Henderson, sponsored by Victoria’s Prom and Bridal. Kadann Boncutter of Gallipolis Ferry, daughter of Danny and Tonya Bonecutter, sponsored by Main Street Photography. Natalie Bailes of Point Pleasant, daughter of Nathaniel and Jennifer Bailes, sponsored by family. Alexis Jefferson of Point Pleasant, daughter of Jennifer Jefferson and Heath Jefferson, sponsored by Jefferson Abstracting. Emily Bale of Point Pleasant, daughter of Vickie Bale, sponsored by family. Cierra Rollins of Point Pleasant, daughter of Trent and Paige Roush, sponsored by Woodmen Life.
Also at this year’s pageant, the 2014 Battle Days Royal Court which includes: 2014 Miss Battle Days, Bekah Sargent, daughter of Richard and Judy Sargent; 2014 Young Miss Battle Days, Emily Keefer, daughter of Jesse and Valissa Keefer; 2014 Junior Miss Battle Days, Kira Henderson, daughter of Jim and Andrea Henderson; 2014 Little Miss Battle Days, Gracyn Stein, daughter of RF and Aimee Stein.
Sponsors for the pageant include: Farmers Bank, ICL-America, John Sang Ford, Deal Funeral Home, Peoples Bank, Mason County School counselors, JP Simpkins-Game Over Fitness, and Pleasant Valley Hospital.
Photos of those contestants who submitted them to the Battle Days Pageant appear inside. More on the Battle Days celebration in upcoming editions.