RENOVO – In a year very different from any of its predecessors, the Flaming Foliage Festival returned for the 72nd year.
The weekend featured many premieres, including when Alison Davey, who represented North Penn Mansfield, was named festival queen on Saturday night at Bucktail Area High School.
It was the first time in the history of the event that the same school won consecutive crowns. Miss North Penn Mansfield Patelin Nowak was crowned queen in 2019 and was on hand this year to present the title to the school representative.
“I loved the feeling of community from the second I drove in Renovo, so I knew immediately it was going to be a great opportunity and experience.” said Davey shortly after he was crowned. “My small town has a lot of brick buildings like Renovo. I love the small town feel, the same energy, and I loved it straight away. “
Other winners included: Miss Williamsport Teagan Marty, First Place and Miss Congeniality; Miss DuBois Aundalynn Aljoe, runner-up; Miss Central Mountain Madison Meeker, Miss Photogenic; and Miss South Williamsport Genesis Lukasiewicz received the Judges Memorial Award. Bellefonte Escort Domenic Nelson was named Mr. Congeniality and Williamsport Escort Benjamin Manetta received the Alex Rauch Memorial Award.
“I was overwhelmed by how many people showed up because I was such a small town. I was really impressed by everything all day. “ said the representative from North Penn Mansfield of her first trip to Renovo.
Both of Davey’s parents had tears in their eyes as they watched the moments after their daughter’s coronation. Both said their daughter more than deserved such an experience.
“She is a great daughter, I am very proud of her. She always goes beyond that “, said her mother Andrea. “She works on a voluntary basis, excels academically, loves people and is just a great child.”
Davey’s father, Todd, bragged about his daughter’s sense of humor and bowhunting skills, noting that even her haggling is top notch for her age.
“I recently told her not to move out and she told me that if we buy her a cow, she might consider staying longer.” he said. While Davey didn’t say whether or not a cow was in the future of the family, it’s safe to say that at least that was a consideration as he proudly watched his daughter pose for photos at the end of the night.
The coronation usually took place on the Sunday afternoon of the Flaming Foliage weekend. However, since the committee members had to make decisions in January, a shortened version was planned, which mainly eliminates host families and only keeps the participants and their companions in town for one day for this year’s event.
As in previous years, the parade watchers took to the streets for the parade on Saturday. More than a week ago, chairs appeared in the streets as expectant people marked their places. On Saturday, rain was forecast for much of the week, but the day finally came with a brief shower of rain that ended at 9 a.m. and a light drizzle just before noon. Neither had any impact on the events or the atmosphere in Renovo.
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