BRIDGMAN — The first Little Miss Mini Bee pageant since 2007 was held on Thursday, July 11, during Celebrate Bridgman festivities.
The last reigning Little Miss Mini Bee, Madelynne Keller (Miss Three Oaks/River Valley in 2017 and a Bridgman High School graduate that same year who now attends St. Mary’s College where she is working toward a nursing degree) crowned her successors — which turned out to be three 2019 queens — Hailey German, Jenna Cramton and Ravin Rose Burkhard.
The trio reigned over the Saturday, July 13, Celebrate Bridgman Parade, throwing candy from the California Dreaming community float.
Serving as emcees for the July 11 pageant (held under the big-top tent that also served as the epicenter of the annual Bridgman Fireman’s Street Dance on the evenings of July 11, 12 and 13) were Miss Bridgman 2019 Krystin Buist and Mr. Nice Guy Justin Jannert. Also helping out were Little Miss Bridgman Dempsey Demercado, Little Miss First Runner-up La’Shanna Sparks, Miss Bridgman Second Runner-up and Miss Congeniality Christi Stine.
The following Little Miss Mini Bee contestant bios were read during the event (all attend Bridgman Elementary School):
“Ravin is 6 years old and describes herself as fun, compassionate and bubbly. Ravin’s favorite TV show is “Zig and Sharko” because it’s funny! She is the daughter of Brian and Adrianna.”
“Jenna is self-described as nice, loving and funny. She is the daughter of Dave and Tina and is 6 years old. Jenna’s favorite TV show is “Coop and Cami Ask the World” because they do “would you rathers.”
“Hailey is the daughter of Scott and Christine and is 5 years old. Hailey describes herself as happy, outgoing and likable. Her favorite TV show is “PBS Kids” because she loves to learn new things.”
Buist asked Keller to “tell us what you’ve been doing the past 12 years” — a request which drew laughter from the crowd.
Keller later said she remembers the community float she rode on in 2007 had a running waterfall on it
Tamra Preston, chairperson of the Miss Bridgman Scholarship Organization, said the Little Miss Mini Bee pageant was besought back “to help build mentorship here in Bridgman, let the girls learn from the older court members.”