New ‘Little Miss Watkins’ crowned at Kraut ‘n’ Wurst

There were 16 candidates at the 32nd Little Miss Watkins pageant, Aug. 4. Shown above are (from left): Second Princess Olivia Langer, daughter of Adam and Rebecca Langer; Little Miss Watkins 2012 Alison Olson, daughter of Scott Olson and Jeanne Olson; and First Princess Tori Reikofski, daughter of Rick and Mandy Reikofski.
Newly crowned Little Miss Watkins, Alison Olson (above) is shown with her grandparents, Ed and Barb Olson of Litchfield.
Area realtor, bus service owner and emcee extraordinaire Ron Dockendorf emceed the 32nd Little Miss Watkins pageant. Contestant Hallie Sieben responds to the emcee’s questions. She is the daughter of Casey and Becky Sieben of Watkins.
All set to watch the pageant and cheer on contestant Anna Kramer are (from left): friend Lauren Kahle and aunt Mary Sherman, both of Winsted, sister Olivia Kramer of Watkins and aunt Melissa Williams of Winsted.
Little Miss Watkins 2002 Stephanie Wirz is now an NDSU student majoring in architecture. She helped with choreography and coordinated practices.
Watkins volunteer firemen manned the grills for the Friday evening refreshment stand. Brian Harff (left) and Marc Wirz flip burgers to feed the crowds.
McCarthy Park was the site of the Lions Club’s cow drop raffle. The crowd waited in vain to see where on the grid “Meme,” a three-year-old heifer owned by Mike Frank of Eden Valley, would do her drop. Instead, a drawing was held and the first place winner of $1,000 was Kurt Boresh of Sartell. Winners of $100 were: Ryan Holthaus, Gavin Lotts, Lenny Schill, Jim Nelson, Carol Becker, Doug Stenger, Ken Hayes, Heidi Schoenecker, Wilbert Schoen and Mary Neisen.