Mackey crowned 2017 Miss COTR (with gallery)

10-7-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Sally Mackey is crowned 2017 Miss Christmas on the River by 2016 Miss Christmas on the River JaKeira Washington at the Demopolis Civic Center.

Miss Christmas on the River has been a time honored tradition for 46 years. Freshman through Senior class young ladies from Demopolis and the surrounding areas compete in hopes of representing Christmas on the River during all of the wonderful holiday festivities that year. Twelve young ladies competed for the title of Miss Christmas on the River 2017 tonight at the Demopolis Civic Center. They showed their personality, charm and intelligence in an interview with the judges prior to gliding across the stage to present their poise and beauty to win the coveted title.

After all of the scores had been tallied, the top five were called to the stage to answer a question to show their ability to speak in public and to think on their feet. The scores were then tallied again and a new Miss COTR and royal court were decided.

Wearing an elegant black off the shoulder gown embellished with rhinestones on the sleeves was 4th alternate, Sidney Alyn Atkins. Abigayle Marie Quinney was named 3rd alternate in a classic off the shoulder black evening dress. In a gorgeous Fuchsia one shouldered gown, SueEllen Marie Broussard was awarded 2nd alternate. 1st alternate was McKenzie Lane Walker wearing a beautiful black evening gown outlined in rhinestones.
Sally Katherine Mackey was crowned Miss Christmas on the River 2017 wearing a stunning Sherri Hill Ball Gown encrusted with multi-colored crystals. Sally was also honored with the title of Miss Congeniality which is chosen by the other contestants. She is the daughter of Bill and Lori Mackey and is a student at Demopolis High School.

Sally is no stranger to representing Christmas on the River. Growing up with the tradition of the Christmas on the River pageants she has represented the Little Miss and Miss Jr. Christmas on the River titles and was part of the Young Miss Christmas on the River Royal Court. “I was honestly shocked at being crowned but extremely honored to be awarded the title and will represent it to the best of my abilities,” Mackey said

The Tradition continues with the remaining three pageants starting Monday at the Demopolis Civic Center: Miss Junior COTR is Monday October 9th at 7pm, Young Miss COTR is Tuesday October 10th at 7pm and Little Miss COTR is Wednesday October 11th at 6pm.

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.

Photo of the Day: October 7, 2014

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SueEllen Marie Broussard (left) and Abigail Hathcock hold hands as the first runner up is named in the Miss Junior Christmas on the River pageant.

Miss Junior Christmas on the River 2014 is SueEllen Broussard

SueEllen Marie Broussard was crowned Miss Junior Christmas on the River 2014.

SueEllen Marie Broussard was crowned Miss Junior Christmas on the River 2014.

Under the direction of Melinda Perry and Ann Parsons the Miss Junior Christmas on the River 2014 was crowned tonight at the Demopolis Civic Center. Even though the numbers were a little low this year, there was still a fair amount of glitz and glamour to behold. Young ladies from sixth to eight grade came out in their best to compete for the title.  With much anticipation, Van Kelly announced the queen and her court.

Fourth alternate, in a white tiered ball gown was Taylor Alysse Dunklin. Wearing a red chiffon and beaded gown was third alternate, Adriana Leigh Hall. Harley Blake Johnston was awarded second alternate in a mint chiffon gown embellished with rhinestones.  First alternate, wearing a beautiful turquoise gown with a rosette covered skirt was Abigail Hathcock.  Crowned Miss Junior Christmas on the River 2014 was SueEllen Marie Broussard of  Southern Academy. The beautiful and very surprised eighth grader was wearing a white chiffon  Sherri Hill gown with golden crystal embellishments. SueEllen is the thirteen year old daughter of Marty and Jaky Broussard of Greensborro.

When asked what she was most excited about, SueEllen said, ” I’m excited to see all of the floats at Christmas on The River and be able to ride on one this year!”

Other top 10 contestants not listed above were Victoria “Tori” Brasfield Horne, Charity Erin Singleton, Lyndsey Grace Murphy, Ellen Harper Brown, and Mazzy Alease Marlowe.

Miss Junior Christmas on the River 2014 and her court are (L-R): Adriana Leigh Hall (third alternate), Abigail Hathcock (first alternate), SueEllen Marie Broussard (Miss Junior COTR 2014), Harley Blake Johnston (second alternate) and Taylor Alysse Dunklin (fourth alternate).

Miss Junior Christmas on the River 2014 and her court are (L-R): Adriana Leigh Hall (third alternate), Abigail Hathcock (first alternate), SueEllen Marie Broussard (Miss Junior COTR 2014), Harley Blake Johnston (second alternate) and Taylor Alysse Dunklin (fourth alternate).