Union teen crowned Maine Wild Blueberry Queen

Hilt named Crown Princess
By Kim Lincoln | Aug 17, 2014
Photo by: Kim Lincoln Elly Baubonis of Union takes a seat on the throne after being crowned the 2014 Maine Wild Blueberry Festival Queen at the Union Fair Aug. 17. Beside her is the 2013 Queen Elise Wallace of Friendship and 2014 Crown Princess and Miss Congeniality Rebekah Hilt of Appleton.

Union — Elly Maria Baubonis of Union was crowned the 2014 Maine Wild Blueberry Queen in front of a packed crowd at the 145th annual Union Fair Aug. 17.

Baubonis, the daughter of Wendy Reinemann, is a 2014 graduate of Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro and will be attending the University of Southern Maine this fall. 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 she plans to enter pre-med and become a medical examiner.

She is sponsored by Coastal Blueberries.

The 2014 Crown Princess is Rebekah Ann Hilt of Appleton, a 2014 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School. She is the daughter of Jeff and Lisa Hilt.

Hilt was also named by the other princesses as Miss Congeniality.

The princesses were escorted to the grandstand in classic automobiles and then answered questions about the Maine wild blueberry industry before the new queen was announced.

The Rev. Wayne Sawyer of St. George served as master of ceremonies. Judges were Bonnie Sylvain, Katlyn Drake Powers and Kyle Santheson. Phil Clement provided music and Chhaya Hinkley was the crown bearer. Peter Taylor was the event photographer and Sogno Salon of Rockland provided hair and makeup services.

Baubonis replaces 2013 Maine Wild Blueberry Queen Elise Wallace of Friendship.

Courier Publications Copy Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at klincoln@villagesoup.com.

Elly Baubonis of Union is crowned the 2014 Maine Wild Blueberry Queen Aug. 17 at the Union Fair. Also pictured, from left, is Crown Bearer Chhaya Hinkley, Yvonne Drown and Cindy Santheson. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
2014 Crown Princess Rebekah Hilt, left, is crowned and congratulated by 2013 Crown Princess Brittany Anthony. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Elly Baubonis, left, was named 2014 Maine Wild Blueberry Queen and Rebekah Hilt was named both Crown Princess and Miss Congeniality. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Chhaya Hinkley served as crown bearer for the pageant. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Fireworks lit up the sky after the new queen was announced. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Past blueberry queens attend the 2014 pageant at Union Fair Aug. 17. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Eight local women vie for the title. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Elly Baubonis, left, is crowned the 2014 Maine Wild Blueberry Queen by 2013 Queen Elise Wallace. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Taylor Ankers of Rockland is escorted to the stage during the 2014 Maine Wild Blueberry Festival Queen competition Aug. 17. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Classic vehicles parade the princesses to the pageant. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Comments (3)
Posted by: Cindy Young | Aug 19, 2014 08:51

Thank you for fixing that!

Posted by: Cindy Young | Aug 18, 2014 09:38

She took her seat on the "thrown"?

Posted by: Scott A Nelson | Aug 18, 2014 08:38

Congratulations Bekah!!! You are AMAZING!!--Melissa

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Kim Lincoln has worked for Courier Publications since 2003, serving as a reporter, assistant editor and copy editor.

During her time with the company she has worked for each of the three newspapers, The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal.

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