The first Maine’s Harvest Miss Pageant was held at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta Oct. 1 and was a display of talent, volunteerism and fashion.

Sixteen competitors vied for titles in several areas of competition. The seats were filled with representatives of local support for contestants by friends, family and interested community members.

The pageant is an official preliminary to the Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant produced by Crossroads Youth Center, a non-profit organization located in Saco. The pageant is collaborating with the Damariscotta Pumkinfest and Regatta to provide volunteers and service opportunities for youth, as well as awareness of the bullying prevention programs of the pageant system’s platform, “The Crown C.A.R.E.S.” ; Creating a Respectful Environment in Schools.

The program was emceed by volunteers Lillie Mahan, Teen Miss Northeast Maine 2016 of Mars Hill, and Megan McKnight, Miss Northeast Maine 2016 of Presque Isle. Volunteer judges included Jennifer Hinkley of Brunswick; Jessica Snowdeal, Mrs. Maine America 2016; and Abby Peabody of Jefferson, current Ms. New England Elite Global Earth.

The division title winners are Olivia Kelley Powell, Jr. Princess of Biddeford; Claire Libby, Princess of Bristol; Sarah Goldrup, Preteen of Waldoboro; Elizabeth Bowman, Jr. Teen of Washington; Makayla Wilson, Teen of Belgrade; Zoe Grant, Miss of Camden; Mikele Reynolds, Ms of Hermon.

Winner of the People’s Choice Facebook contest award was Olivia Kelley-Powell. Junior Division Photogenic Winner was Annabella Truong of Rockland and Senior Division Photogenic Winner was Makayla Wilson.

Optional competition winners were; Heaven Luce of Waldoboro, in the Junior Talent Division and Zoe Grant in the Senior Talent Division. Claire Libby of Bristol won the Junior Role Model competition and Makayla Wilson won the Senior Role Model Competition. Junior Division Supermodel winner was Miranda Torrey of Lisbon and Senior Division Supermodel winner was Alison Lee of Augusta.

Each contestant competed in the events of interview, fun fashion and evening gown, where the combined scores determined the division winners. Each contestant helped to collect funds that will go towards Crown CARES programs in the State of Maine by soliciting sponsors and donations for that cause.

Each of the division titleholders earned a scholarship to attend the Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant in August of 2017, where they will have the opportunity to win a Miss Maine State Title and attend the USA National Miss Pageant in August of 2018 in Florida.

Each titleholder has accepted the responsibility of being a Peer Ambassador for the Crown C.A.R.E.S. program.

Anyone interested in having the program visit their school, troop or scout program, daycare or church program in Lincoln County, contact Sarah Libby at 563-2210 or visit www.uniteagainstbullyingME.org.

There is a local Unite Against Bullying/Crown C.A.R.E.S walk that any interested person is invited to attend as part of next year's Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta Parade in August.