2014 Maine Wild Blueberry Festival Queen candidates

Aug 08, 2014
The 2013 Wild Blueberry Queen Elise Wallace from Friendship and Crown Princess Brittany Lyn Anthony of Thomaston. The 2014 coronation will take place Sunday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Union Fairgrounds.

Union — Eight young ladies will be put through the paces the weekend of Aug. 16-17, when they vie for the Maine Wild Blueberry Queen crown in Union.

This year’s 145th annual Union Fair opens on Saturday, Aug. 16. The new queen will reign over events at the 55th annual Maine Wild Blueberry Festival during the Union Fair, which runs from Saturday, Aug. 16 to Saturday, Aug. 23.

The queen also makes numerous appearances at the Union Fair and Wild Blueberry Festival, and she may attend any event she wishes as a representative of Maine’s Wild Blueberry Industry.

The Maine Wild Blueberry Queen is an important ambassador of Maine’s Wild Blueberry Industry. Appearances by the queen are designed to promote Maine’s Wild Blueberries and Union Fair. The queen will appear in statewide parades, special state events, various charitable events, and tour blueberry processing plants.

The 2014 Maine Wild Blueberry Queen Coronation will be held Sunday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. at the grandstand, with the crowning of the new queen, crown princess and Miss Congeniality.

All three winners receive trophies, roses and monetary prizes at the coronation.

The Rev. Wayne Saywer will serve as master of ceremonies. Judges are Bonnie Sylvain, 2007 Maine Wild Blueberry Queen Katlyn Drake Powers and Kyle Santheson. Phil Clement will provide the music, Chhaya Hinkley is the crown bearer, Peter Taylor is the photographer and Sogno Salon will provide hair and makeup services.

Vying for the 2014 Maine Wild Blueberry Title are:

Taylor Louise Ankers, of Rockland, is a 2014 graduate of Oceanside High School and will be attending the University of Southern Maine in Portland and Gorham. She is the daughter of Jennifer Ankers. Her high school activities included Big Brothers Big Sisters, assistant coach of Little League softball, theater and Project Graduation. She enjoys fishing, working out, piano, long road trips and volunteering. She is currently a nanny and she plans to obtain a master's degree in social work, following a degree in criminal justice. Her sponsors include Sunny Slope Farm and Harts Blueberries.
Elly Maria Baubonis, of Union, is a 2014 graduate of Medomak Valley High School and will be attending the University of Southern Maine in Portland. She is the daughter of Wendy Reinemann. Her high school activities included varsity tennis, teacher assistant and horticulture I and II. Her hobbies include tennis, 4-H, livestock, fishing and cooking. She is currently a hostess at The Chowder House in Rockland and future plans include attending college with the intent to major in pre-med and become a medical examiner. Her sponsor is Coastal Blueberries.
Lauren Nichole Guptill, of Waldoboro, is a 2014 graduate of Medomak Valley High School and will be attending the University of Maine in Orono. She is the daughter of Jim and Lori Guptill. Her high school activities included Peers Assisting With Sincerity, National Honor Society and varsity softball. Her hobbies include 4-H member, showing Belted Galloways and playing softball. She is currently a farm manager at Prock Ridge Farm and her future plans include to earn a master's degree in animal science. She is sponsored by Carl Cunningham, Prock Ridge Farm and Prock Marine Company.
Rebekah Ann Hilt, of Appleton, is a 2014 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School and will be attending the University of Maine in Orono. She is the daughter of Jeff and Lisa Hilt. Her high school activities included mountain biking, basketball, softball, and Tennis for Fun. Her hobbies include exploring the outdoors, kayaking and reading. She is currently a dishwasher at Med-O-Lark Summer Camp and her future plans include studying biology and hopefully switching into the nursing program. She is sponsored by Lyle Cramer, Mic Mac Market and Campground and Dan-a-Dew Wild Blueberry Farm.
Amelia Mank, of Hope, is a 2012 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School and attends Husson University in Bangor. She is the daughter of Bart and Michelle Mank. Her high school activities included National Technical Honors Society, Earth Visions Club, Habitat for Humanity, Project Playhouse and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Her college activities include Student Senate, Organization of Student Nurses, Student Leaders Summit and Habitat for Humanity. She enjoys jewelry silversmithing, gardening, photography and volunteers at the Bangor animal shelter and as a Maine Troop Greeter. She currently is employed as a barista at Bell The Cat and plans to graduate with a bachelor of science in nursing, gain experience in a hospital and pursue a career as a nurse practitioner. Her sponsor is Spruce Mountain Blueberries.
Haley Amber Mank, of Warren, is a 2014 graduate of Medomak Valley High School and will be attending the University of Maine at Farmington. She is the daughter of Kirby and Amy Mank. Her high school activities included National Honor Society, Peers Assisting With Sincerity, soccer, tennis and cheering. She enjoys dance, tennis and volunteering. She is currently a waitress and future plans include becoming a special education teacher. Her sponsors are Browns Homestead, Christine Savage, Scotts Blueberry Hill Farm, Spear Farms and Mank Brothers.
Abigail A. Peabody of Jefferson is a 2012 graduate of Erskine Academy and attends the University of Maine at Augusta. She is the daughter of Lisa Peabody and Barry Peabody. Her high school activities included soccer, drama, track and field, prom committee and she also plays soccer in college. She also enjoys art, volunteering and running 5Ks. She is currently an education technician and substitute teacher and plans to become a kindergarten teacher. She is sponsored by Wyman's.
Kimberly Young, of South Thomaston, is a 2014 graduate of Oceanside High School and will attend University of Maine at Augusta in Bangor. She is the daughter of Jeremy Young and Stacy Brown. Her high school activities included yearbook, soccer, lacrosse, photography and coaching clinics. She enjoys reading, running, volunteer work and working. She is currently a waitress at Denny's and her future plans include becoming a veterinary technician and attending veterinary school. She is sponsored by Deb's Diner.
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