Britton Area and Langford Area Snow Queens for 2021 were crowned last weekend. In the left photo are Britton Area Snow Queen McKenna Carlson, left, and Junior Snow Queen Kaegan Fredrickson. In the photo at right are Langford Area Junior Snow Queen Bryanna Peterson, left, and Miss Langford Area Alyssa Keough. All four girls will participate in the state Snow Queen Festival scheduled for Jan. 2 and Jan. 9 in Aberdeen.
Chesney Olson, Miss Langford 2020 and the reigning South Dakota Snow Queen, unmasked Tara Dwight of Pierpont as the mystery Frosty at the Langford Area Snow Queen Contest on Sunday.
Snow Queen Royalty Crowned
Britton Area and Langford Area Snow Queen royalty were selected at events held last weekend.
McKenna Carlson, daughter of Calvin and Kathy Carlson of Britton, was crowned the Britton Area Snow Queen on Saturday, and Kaegan Fredrickson, daughter of Drew and Misty Fredrickson of Britton, was named the Junior Snow Queen.
On Sunday Alyssa Keough, daughter of Joe and Amy Keough of Langford, was crowned Miss Langford Area and Bryanna Peterson, daughter of DeWayne and Andrea Peterson of Bristol, was selected as the Junior Snow Queen.
The new queens will compete in Aberdeen in the state Snow Queen Festival in January. The state Junior Snow queen will be crowned on Jan. 2 and the South Dakota Snow Queen will be selected on Jan. 9.
Two senior girls and eight junior queen candidates competed in the Britton Area Snow Queen Festival. Taylor Storbakken, daughter of Rodell and Lynn Storbakken of Veblen, was Snow Queen first runner-up. Selected a first runner-up in the Junior Snow Queen competition was Jayden Bender, daughter of Jason and Tammy Bender of Britton; and second runner-up was Addison Wade, daughter of David and Shantelle Wade of Britton. Emma Kraft, daughter of Josh and Aletta Kraft, was voted Miss Congeniality by her peers.
Other girls participating in the Britton festival were Sterling Mertens, Brylee Patterson, Brooklyn Rein, and Faith Small.
Last year’s Britton Area Snow Queen Jaden Jenkins helped crown the new royalty. Cassidy Biel was last year’s Junior Snow Queen but was unable to participate due to a COVID quarantine.
In a drawing to select the Little Miss and Little Master at the Britton event Sarah Cease, daughter of Chris and Latisha Cease of Britton, was selected as this year’s Little Miss and Crue Jones, son of Autumn Grobe and Karsen Holland and Codie Jones was picked as the Little Master. A total of eight girls and three boys participated in the event.
Charlette Mundt was unmasked as Frosty and five of 19 people guessing her identity were correct. Lori Rabenberg was awarded Britton Bucks in a drawing among the correct guesses.
Kate Wismer served as emcee for the Britton Festival and also provided entertainment with a vocal solo. Laken Atkinson, the 2020 Snow Queen Chair, presented a $500 scholarship to Jenkins.
There were three Junior Snow Queen contestants and one Snow Queen candidate at Langford Area. First grade princes and princesses were interviewed by last year’s Miss Langford and 2020 South Dakota State Snow Queen Chesney Olson. Olson also unmasked this year’s Frosty – Tara Dwight of Pierpont. There were no correct guesses as to Frosty’s identity.
State Snow Queen officials decided against a talent competition this year but Langford attendees were entertained by duets sung by Emily Palmer and Kade Larson; Chesney Olson and her mom, Lisa Olson; and Laney and Zander Widener. Larson also sang a solo. Stephanie Hupke served as emcee.
State Snow Queen officials were on hand to thank 2020 Snow Queen Chesney Olson. The 2020 state Junior Snow Queen, Annika Estwick of Sisseton, also made an appearance at the Langford event.