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Fur Queen candidates put on good effort at pageant


The competition to see who will be the 2019 Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival Fur Queen is in the stretch drive and on Wednesday night the four candidates put their talents and skills on display for a panel of judges and a large audience.
The crowning of the new Fur Queen and her court -there will only be a first princess this year- will take place at Fort Whoop-It-Up on Saturday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. and the pageant held Wednesday night at the Margaret Barbour Collegiate gymnasium was an opportunity for the four ladies to put a positive impression on a panel of judges.
We have a great bunch of ladies,” said Chairperson Jennifer Cook, who said she was proud to have the four candidates representing Trappers’. “They are our face of festival.”
“We couldn’t be happier to have them representing us.”
The four ladies, along with the reigning court of Fur Queen Cherlyn Misling and Second Princess Andrea Moerike, put on an opening act which was a dance routine to a mixture of songs including Mambo Number 5 by Lou Bega and Oh Yea! By Outkast. Following this Misling addressed the audience on her year as the queen and how proud she was to both serve in the role and of the girls coming up to serve for 2019.
Calling her term “unbelievably rewarding,” Misling noted the year gave her a new set of friends, the most rewarding part of all.
“I didn’t make just friends but best friends,” said Misling. “I remember the moment I was named Fur Queen and just a few seconds later I was met with a giant hug from the other contestants. That’s just how this can bring people together.
Misling reflected on the positives of her reign but also cried when discussing how her reign is nearing the end and gave words of wisdom to whomever takes her spot come Saturday, advising them to stay humble and kind so they can be an amazing leader to the next years’ crop of candidates as well.
Each of the four candidates – Miss Twin Motors Ltd. Gianna Catalano, Miss Fat Boy Restaurant Caylin Hopper, Miss Opaskwayak Educational Authority Faith Lathlin-Bercier and Miss Raylene Young, Miss New Avenue Hotel- did a speech as well as a talent act. Catalano spoke on self-care and ended the night with a unique dance routine in the dark wearing a suit that had luminescent stripes and a luminescent hoop, Hopper dance to Stuck in the Middle With You with her grandfather Gary Hopper and spoke on the importance of family in her life, Young gave a speech about serious issues being faced in the community and sang her rendition of the song Déjà vu and Lathlin-Bercier did a dance in a jingle dress for people struggling with addictions and then delved into a speech -delivered from a sitting position in the center of the stage- on the topic of the spirit of Trappers’ Festival.
After each of the candidates faced an impromptu question to put them on the spot, the night concluded with each receiving an award. Hopper was named Miss Best Personality, Catalano earned the title of Miss First Impression, Young was labelled Miss Pure of Heart and Lathlin-Bercier claimed Miss Friendship.

Trent Allen