Young Miss COTR 2016 (gallery)

Lawler wins Young Miss COTR 2016

10-4-16 -- Demopolis, Ala. -- Anne Marie Lawler was crowned Young Miss Christmas on the River 2016 tonight at the Demopolis Civic Center.

10-4-16 — Demopolis, Ala. — Anne Marie Lawler was crowned Young Miss Christmas on the River 2016 tonight at the Demopolis Civic Center.

Another pageant queen is in the books as Young Miss Christmas on the River 2016 was crowned at the Demopolis Civic Center tonight.

Master of Ceremonies Dr. Ken Tucker presented each of the 36 lovely contestants. After they each took a turn to impress the three judges, a top 16 was chosen.

The top 16 included Sara Michael Overmyer, Madelyn Baty Singleton, Elizabeth Anne Lawler, Elleigh Reid Dossett, Jaclynn Danielle Doss, Millie Grace Hill, Adalyn Broox Lindsey, Sasser Elizabeth Braswell, Anna Caroline Davidson, Rylie Abigail Craft, Emery Elizabeth Wideman, Lauren Olivia Tripp, Anna Arrington Freeman, Isabella Rosemond Mac Lennan, Elizabeth Ann Hathcock and Alle Grace Quarles.

The top 16 were then presented to judges again in hopes of being placed in the top five and competing for the crown by answering an onstage question. After telling the judges what their favorite Christmas present was and why, the judges came to a decision.

Wearing and ivory and sparkling gold ball gown was fourth alternate Adalyn Broox Lindsey.

Elleigh Reid Dossett, in a sea foam green tiered organza gown, was awarded third alternate.

Second Alternate was Sara Michael Overmyer, who wore a white tulle gown adorned with iridescent stones.

Donning a glistening golden gown was Millie Grace Hill, who earned the first alternate spot.

Crowned Young Miss Christmas on the River 2016 was Elizabeth Anne Lawler in a beautiful white chiffon gown with crystal detailing. Elizabeth is the 10-year-old daughter of Jimmy and Anne Marie Lawler. She attends U. S. Jones and is in the fifth grade. Lawler said she was very surprised to be crowned and looks forward to riding on the float as this year’s Young Miss COTR.

Follow The Watchman to find out the final winner in this year’s Christmas on the River Pageants tomorrow night.

10-4-16 -- Demopolis, Ala. -- Anne Marie Lawler (center) was crowned Young Miss Christmas on the River 2016 tonight at the Demopolis Civic Center. Members of her court are (l-r) fourth alternate Adalyn Broox Lindsey, second alternate Sarah Michael Overmyer, Miss Lawler, first alternate Millie Grace Hill and third alternate Elleigh Reid Dossett.

10-4-16 — Demopolis, Ala. — Anne Marie Lawler (center) was crowned Young Miss Christmas on the River 2016 tonight at the Demopolis Civic Center. Members of her court are (l-r) fourth alternate Adalyn Broox Lindsey, second alternate Sarah Michael Overmyer, Miss Lawler, first alternate Millie Grace Hill and third alternate Elleigh Reid Dossett.

Miss Junior Christmas on the River 2016 (gallery)

Harrison crowned Miss Junior COTR 2016

10-2-16 -- Demopolis, Ala. -- Miss Junior Christmas on the River 2015 Buckley Nettles (right) crowns Molly Katherine Harrison (left) as Miss Junior COTR 2016 at the Demopolis Civic Center.

10-2-16 — Demopolis, Ala. — Miss Junior Christmas on the River 2015 Buckley Nettles (right) crowns Molly Katherine Harrison (left) as Miss Junior COTR 2016 at the Demopolis Civic Center.

Christmas on the River 2016 pageant week continued with the crowning of Miss Junior COTR 2016. Allen Bishop served as the Master of Ceremonies at the event which started at 7 p.m. at the Demopolis Civic Center. Bishop announced each of the 19 beautiful young ladies vying for this year’s title and her court. Each contestant was judged on her beauty, style, poise and onstage personality before the top 10 were selected.

Tonight’s top 10 were Megan Lindsey Roe, Cassidy Claire Crawford, Brianna Gandy Doss, Abigayle Marie Quinney, Molly Katherine Harrison, Anna Kate Golden, LaCher Gray, Abby Grace Cameron, Taylor Alysse Dunklin and Abigail Virginia Hathcock.

The contestants were then judged again to reveal the top five, who would answer an onstage question in hopes of impressing the judges one last time. After the judges deliberated and turned in their scores, the queen and her court were chosen.

Fourth alternate Megan Lindsey Roe wore an elegant red chiffon gown.

Cassidy Clair Crawford, wearing a lavender chiffon gown adorned in crystals, was awarded 3rd alternate.

Wearing a pale peach sparkle tulle gown was second alternate LaCher Gray.

Earning first alternate was Abby Grace Cameron, in a beautiful white chiffon evening gown with crystal detailing.

This year’s Miss Junior Christmas on the River is Molly Katherine Harrison, who wore a lovely ivory satin ball gown with intricate pearl and crystal detailing. Molly is the 12-year-old daughter of Valley and Julie Harrison and is a seventh grader at Demopolis Middle School. Harrison was very surprised when her name was announced and is looking forward to attending all of the Christmas on the River events this year.

Stay tuned to The West Alabama Watchman for more Christmas on the River pageant winners to come.

10-2-16 -- Demopolis, Ala. -- Molly Katherine Harrison (center) was crowned Miss Junior COTR tonight at the Demopolis Civic Center. Members of her court are (l-r) third alternate Cassidy Claire Crawford, first alternate Abby Grace Cameron, Miss Harrison, second alternate LaCher Gray and fourth alternate Megan Lindsey Roe.

10-2-16 — Demopolis, Ala. — Molly Katherine Harrison (center) was crowned Miss Junior COTR 2016 tonight at the Demopolis Civic Center. Members of her court are (l-r) third alternate Cassidy Claire Crawford, first alternate Abby Grace Cameron, Miss Harrison, second alternate LaCher Gray and fourth alternate Megan Lindsey Roe.

Miss Christmas on the River 2016 (gallery)

Sweet Water’s Washington crowned Miss Christmas on the River 2016

10-1-16 -- Demopolis, Ala. -- Miss Christmas on the River 2016, Anna Caroline Logan, crowns JaKeira Shardell Washington as Miss Christmas on the River 2016 on Saturday evening at the Demopolis Civic Center.

10-1-16 — Demopolis, Ala. — Miss Christmas on the River 2016, Anna Caroline Logan, crowns JaKeira Shardell Washington as Miss Christmas on the River 2016 on Saturday evening at the Demopolis Civic Center.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, 22 beautiful and elegant young ladies competed for the title of Miss Christmas on the River 2016. Demopolis Mayor Mike Grayson served as Master of Ceremonies and introduced each lovely young lady at the Demopolis Civic Center. The contestants had already competed earlier in the day during the personal interview portion of the pageant. At 7 p.m., they were dressed and ready to impress the judges with their grace, poise and beauty in the onstage portion.

After all of the ladies were presented, the judges selected a top 10 which included Caroline Overmyer, Sally Katherine Mackey, Emily Brooke Garret, Sue Ellen Marie Broussard, Anne Burtram Harrison, Hannah Lee Howell, Anna Michael Rhyne, JaKeira Shardell Washington, Sidney Allen Atkins and McKenzie Lain Walker.

All 10 ladies then walked the stage with their beauty and grace again, in hopes of being called back as members of the final top five where they would be asked two questions. The first question was about their college aspirations and for the second, they were asked what they thought was the most important issue facing teens today. These questions gave the judges insight to who would make the best representative for Miss Christmas on the River.

The scores were tallied and the stage was set for Anna Caroline Logan, Miss COTR 2015, to present the 2016 queen and her court.

Sally Katherine Mackey, wearing a beautiful white ball gown with crystal detailing, was awarded fourth alternate and Miss Congeniality.

Wearing an emerald green satin ball gown with beaded detailing was third alternate Sidney Alyn Atkins.

Second alternate was Hannah Lee Howell who wore a red chiffon evening gown encrusted with crystals on the bodice.

Sue Ellen Marie Broussard was named first alternate as she wore a sophisticated green mermaid style gown.

The highlight of the evening was when JaKeira Shardell Washington, wearing a very elegant white satin evening gown, was named as Miss Christmas on the River 2016. Washington is the daughter of Joseph Johnson and Kesia Washington and is a junior at Sweet Water High School.

“I was very shocked but I am deeply honored to represent this year’s title,” Washington said, when asked how she felt about being this year’s Miss Christmas On The River.

10-1-16 -- Demopolis, Ala. -- JaKeira Shardell Washington (center) was named Miss Christmas on the River 2016 at the Demopolis Civic Center on Saturday evening. Members of Washington's court are (l-r) third alternate Sidney Alyn Atkins, first alternate Sue Ellen Marie Broussard, Washington, second alternate Hannah Lee Howell and fourth alternate and Miss Congeniality Sally Katherine Mackey.

10-1-16 — Demopolis, Ala. — JaKeira Shardell Washington (center) was named Miss Christmas on the River 2016 at the Demopolis Civic Center on Saturday evening. Members of Washington’s court are (l-r) third alternate Sidney Alyn Atkins, first alternate Sue Ellen Marie Broussard, Washington, second alternate Hannah Lee Howell and fourth alternate and Miss Congeniality Sally Katherine Mackey.

RV parking for Christmas on the River now available

2013 COTR Night Parade-7648

File photo. (WAW | Michael Clements)

RV parking spots for this year’s Christmas on the River (COTR) are now available through the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Chamber at (334) 289-0270 for more information and to reserve a spot.

Chamber announces chair, committee for 2016 COTR

Christmas on the River night parade. (WAW | Michael Clements)

Christmas on the River night parade. (WAW | Michael Clements)

The Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Susanna Naisbett will serve again as this year’s Christmas on the River chair.

This year’s committee members are Rebecca Hasty, Caitlin Bambarger, Morgan Nelson, Katharine Glass, Mary Beth Hilchey, Andi Turberville, Ann Parsons, Dee Wright, David Anderson, Paul Willingham and Linde McAdams.

Christmas on the River will take place Nov. 30 through Dec. 3.

Fair in the Square vendor applications and parade applications are now available and can be picked up at the chamber office or found online at www.demopolischamber.com.

Christmas on the River pageant applications are available at the chamber office, Demopolis City Schools, and West Alabama Christian School. They are also available online at www.demopolischamber.com. Pageants will take place Oct. 1 and Oct. 3-5. Applications are due Sept. 21 and should be submitted to the chamber office. Reserved seating tickets are available on a first come basis. They may be purchased on Sept.26th at 9 a.m. at the chamber office.

Registration forms for RV parking are available at the chamber office.

Work days are being scheduled at the COTR warehouse in preparation for the Children’s Day Parade and Nautical Parade. Workdays are held every Thursday starting at 3 p.m. Earlier times are available on Thursdays for volunteers. Contact the Chamber at (334) 289-0270 for more information, and please contact the chamber ahead of time if you have a large group interested in volunteering at the warehouse. Please note that the work day schedule will change in October as Christmas on the River approaches. The Chamber will send out dates before the schedule changes.

If you have any questions about volunteering for Christmas on the River, please contact the chamber office at (334) 289-0270.  This event would not be possible without our generous sponsors and volunteers! We look forward to another exciting Christmas on the River!

Christmas on the River Gallery – Part 1

St. Nick honor goes to Martha Griffith

Demopolis, Ala. - 12-3-2015 - Rebecca Hasty (right) named Martha Griffith (left) as St. Nick for COTR 2015 at the Demopolis square on Thursday night.

Demopolis, Ala. – 12-3-2015 – Rebecca Hasty (right) named Martha Griffith (left) as St. Nick for COTR 2015 at the Demopolis square on Thursday night.

In front of a festive crowd on hand in Public Square Thursday evening, Rebecca Hasty announced long-time Demopolis pillar Martha Griffith as the 27th St. Nick honoree.

“It means I don’t deserve it. This is just not my cup of tea. I don’t like the spotlight,” Griffith said after receiving the distinction. “But I am so honored. I can’t tell you. It’s something I’ve never dreamed would happen to me, but I appreciate it so, so much.”

The honor, which goes to an individual who is said to exemplify the spirit of Christmas year round through commitment to helping the community’s young people, will see Griffith involved in the Christmas on the River festivities throughout the weekend.

The St. Nick selection committee chose Griffith, who has lived in Demopolis for 85 years, over a pool of nominees that included Joseph Barnes and Dr. Ronnie Chu.