Dave Bischoff and Donna Huffmaster have been named the Applefest king and queen. They will be recognized during the royalty pageant Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. on the Liberty Park Pavilion stage.
To determine the royals, fourth-graders at St. Louis and Batesville Intermediate schools wrote essays about older people who are important to them. A committee of Batesville Kiwanis Club members who are sponsoring the fest read them to choose the monarchs.
Bischoff was nominated by his granddaughter, Emma Bischoff. Huffmaster was nominated by her neighbor, Katie Brewer.
The youngest royals will be named at the pageant after judges evaluate the contestantsí personality, poise and appearance. Candidates for Little Miss Apple Blossom and Little Mr. Apple Bud come from the kindergartens at Batesville Primary and St. Louis schools.
The girl nominees include Molly Westrick, Ella Flannery, Shanna Smith, Kendall Budd, Kenzie Cox, Clara Sue Black, Gwen Haakinson, Marlee Obermeyer, Carlee Steinkamp and Veronica King.
The boy nominees are Logan Hewitt, Leo Nobbe, Will Moore, Carson Laker, William Jaisle, Elliott Hoegeman, Henry Koehne, Keegan Walke, Max Amberger and Matthew Geisen.
Second-graders at those two schools are in the running to become the festís Prince Apple Jack and Princess Apple Dumpling.
The girl nominees are Makayla Sue Granger, Isabelle Westerfeld, Emma Weiler, Tracy McKittrick, Ashlee Cornn, Tristan Rowlett, Isabella McBeath, Emma Livers and Kailey Weberding.
The boy nominees include Carson Beal, William Johnson, Trenton Roell, Sam Weigel, Lane Miller, Asa Bane, Ciaran Tyrer, John Meer and Cy Muckerheide.