Hasty crowned Little Miss COTR 2017 (with gallery)

10-11-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Claire Elisabeth Hasty is crowned Little Miss Christmas on the River 2017 by Camdyn Grace Morgan, Little Miss COTR 2016, at the Demopolis Civic Center.

In the largest Christmas on the River Pageant, Little Miss COTR had 46 little angels competing for the title. They walked, skipped and even bounced their way into the judges hearts to stand out among so many contestants. The judges divide the number of girls to 26 in order to select a top 11. Those making the top 11 list were Katherine Hewitt, Khloe Wolf, Kendall Gandy, Makyla Rembert, Violet Smelley, Emily Parten, Naudia Reed, Carly Teel, Claire Hasty, Ansley Basinger and Emma Dahl.

The judges debated and chose a top 5 to answer the question, “What is your favorite thing to do at Christmas?”. After each little sweet voice answered, the esteemed judges had their decisions for the 2017 Little Miss Christmas on the River and her Royal Court.

Placing in the fourth alternate position was Kendall Marie Gandy in an ivory tulle gown. In a very sweet baby pink tulle gown was third alternate, Ansley Brooke Basinger. Naudia Naomi Reed earned second alternate wearing a beautiful white ball gown with rhinestone detailing. Awarded first alternate was Emma Rae Dahl who wore a gorgeous pink ruffled gown embellished with crystals.

Crowned Little Miss Christmas on the River was Claire Elisabeth Hasty in an elegant off-the-shoulder white gown with rhinestones and silver bead work. Claire is the seven year old daughter of Jared and Rebecca Hasty. She is a second grader at Westside Elementary School. She was so happy when they called her name out that she just couldn’t stop shaking with excitement. Claire is most excited about crowning a new queen next year and hopes a lot of girls will dress up next year and have as much fun as she did. She says to just believe in yourself and go into the competition to have fun and be with your friends.

Be on the look out to see all of this year’s winners and their Royal Court at all of the Christmas on River events, starting November the 29th with the lighting of the Love Light Tree.

Morgan named Little Miss COTR 2016

10-5-16 -- Demopolis, Ala. -- Camdyn Grace Morgan was crowned Little Miss Christmas on the River tonight at the Demopolis Civic Center.

10-5-16 — Demopolis, Ala. — Camdyn Grace Morgan was crowned Little Miss Christmas on the River tonight at the Demopolis Civic Center.

The Christmas on the River pageants of 2016 came to an end with the crowning of the Little Miss COTR. 42 beautiful and energetic little ladies competed for the title at the Demopolis Civic Center Wednesday. Mistress of Ceremonies Debbie Butler announced each of the girls as they walked on stage, dressed to impress the judges. With a long list competing for the title, the judges picked a top 22 and then narrowed it down to a top 10.

The top 10 consisted of Susan Gray Bell, Claire Elisabeth Hasty, Khloe Gail Wolf, Camdyn Grace Morgan, Carly James Teel, Lilian Maria Magana, Anna Faith Wheeler, Emma Rae Claire Dahl, Brooke NyAsia Clark, and Violet Elizabeth Smelley.

The judges then decided on a top five that would compete one more time by answering an onstage question before they made their final decision.

Claire Elisabeth Hasty earned fourth alternate in a royal blue tulle gown embellished with sequins.

Awarded third alternate was Emma Rae Claire Dahl, wearing a pastel pink satin gown with ruffles and crystals.

In a beautiful light blue ruffled gown was second alternate Lilian Maria Magaña.

Susanna Gray Bell, wearing a white sparkle tulle gown trimmed in rhinestones, was chosen as first alternate.

Crowned Little Miss COTR 2016 was Camdyn Grace Morgan. Morgan wore a gorgeous bubble gum pink Quinceanera gown covered in ruffles and adorned in crystals. She is the five-year-old daughter of Brian and Angel Morgan and attends K-5 at Marengo Academy. Morgan was very excited to be wearing the beautiful Little Miss COTR crown and to also be wearing her favorite color pink.

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10-5-16 -- Demopolis, Ala. -- Camdyn Grace Morgan (center) was crowned Little Miss Christmas on the River tonight at the Demopolis Civic Center. Members of her court are (l-r) fourth alternate Claire Elisabeth Hasty, second alternate Liliana Maria Magaña, Miss Morgan, first alternate Susanna Gray Bell and third alternate Emma Rae Claire Dahl.

10-5-16 — Demopolis, Ala. — Camdyn Grace Morgan (center) was crowned Little Miss Christmas on the River tonight at the Demopolis Civic Center. Members of her court are (l-r) fourth alternate Claire Elisabeth Hasty, second alternate Liliana Maria Magaña, Miss Morgan, first alternate Susanna Gray Bell and third alternate Emma Rae Claire Dahl.

Hill crowned Little Miss COTR

Millie Grace Hill was crowned Little Miss Christmas on the River 2015 at the Demopolis Civic Center.

Millie Grace Hill was crowned Little Miss Christmas on the River 2015 at the Demopolis Civic Center.

Tonight concluded the Christmas on the River pageants with the crowning of the Little Miss Christmas on the River at the Demopolis Civic Center. The Mistress of Ceremonies, Debbie Butler, announced 39 of the sweetest and cutest contestants of all the pageants. After the parade of contestants, they announced the top 15 as follows: Kni’ Aamora Shaniese Taylor, Susanna Gray Bell, Camryn Ballard, Claire Elizabeth Hasty, Jadie Harper Hasty, Elleigh Reid Dossett, Ava Presley Williams, Millie Grace Hill, Mary Carlton Parten, Jacklynn Danielle Doss, Kylie Elizabeth Stokes, Whitney Grace Harrington, Anna Kate Morrison, Emma Rae Claire Dahl, and Madelyn Grace Maroney.

After a second look from the judges and the presentation of all the previous nights’ winners, it was time to announce the new Little Miss Christmas on the River 2015 and her court.

Fourth alternate, Kni’ Aamora Shaniese Taylor, was wearing a beautiful ruffled orange iridescent gown. She is the daughter of Tiffany Taylor and Jeremy Huggins. Taylor attends Westside Elementary and is in the second grade.

Kylie Elizabeth Stokes was awarded third alternate wearing a sparkling royal blue ball gown. Kylie is the daughter of Wayne and Heather Stokes and is a second grader at Westside Elementary.

Wearing a ruffled shimmering pink gown was second alternate, Emma Rae Claire Dahl. Emma Rae is the daughter of Jason and Sunni Dahl and is a kindergartner at Southern Academy.

First alternate, wearing a sweet ivory ruffled dress, was Claire Elisabeth Hasty. She is the daughter of Jared and Rebecca Hasty. Claire attends Westside Elementary and is in kindergarten.

Crowned Little Miss Christmas on the River 2015 was Millie Grace Hill, wearing a gorgeous fuchsia ruffled gown. She is the daughter of Willy and Dana Hill. Millie attends Westside and is in second grade. Hill was surprised to win and looks forward to riding in the COTR parade and attending all of the events.

You can see all of the winners at the COTR events starting Dec. 2 with the lighting of the Love Light Tree and announcement of the COTR Special Child at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital at 5 p.m.

Members of the Little Miss Christmas on the River 2015 court are (L-R): third alternate Kylie Elizabeth Stokes, second alternate Emma Rae Claire Dahl, Little Miss COTR 2015 Millie Grace Hill, first alternate Claire Elisabeth Hasty and fourth alternate Kni'Aamoa Shaniese Taylor.

Members of the Little Miss Christmas on the River 2015 court are (L-R): third alternate Kylie Elizabeth Stokes, second alternate Emma Rae Claire Dahl, Little Miss COTR 2015 Millie Grace Hill, first alternate Claire Elisabeth Hasty and fourth alternate Kni’Aamoa Shaniese Taylor.

Photo of the Day: October 13, 2014

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Van Kelley interviews Rhae Busby during the Little Miss Christmas on the River pageant last week.