Stokes crowned 2017 Young Miss COTR (with gallery)

10-10-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Kylie Elizabeth Stokes (right) reacts as she realizes that she will be Young Miss Christmas on the River 2017 as Adalyn Broox Lindsey’s (left) name is called as first alternate.

Young Miss Christmas on the River 2017 saw 33 contestants compete for the title at the Demopolis Civic Center. They paraded in true pageantry form to show their best style, poise and beauty as the judges chose a top 15. These young ladies presented their best and included Millie Hill, Emery Wideman, Susanna Bell, Elliegh Reid Dossett, Mary Carlton Parten, Madisen Sewell, Maddie Grace Teel, Sha’Keithia Murphy, Kyle Stokes, Olivia Tripp, Anna Kate Morrison, Adalyn Lindsey, Ari Freeman, Ali Basinger, and Bailey Madison Bolden.

After the top 15 contestants walked a second time, the judges narrowed the competition down to a top 5, who were judged on their ability to speak in public and think on their feet by answering the question, “What do you look for in a friend?” These third through fifth grade thought very hard to come up with the best answer to win the judges over. After the judges reflected on their decision, the new Young Miss COTR and her Royal Court were decided.

Placing fourth alternate was Mary Carlton Parten wearing a beautiful white tulle gown with silver and gold sequins. Susanna Bell was awarded third alternate in an off the shoulder elegant princess gown with lots of sparkle. Wearing a fabulous white formal gown with a silver beaded bodice and white rosettes on the skirt was second alternate, Emery Wideman. Adalyn Broox Lindsey earned first alternate wearing a gorgeous white satin gown embellished with crystals.

Crowned Young Miss Christmas on the River was Kylie Stokes in a perfect satin Christmas red gown detailed with crystals. Kylie is the daughter of Wayne and Heather Stokes and attends U.S. Jones. She was extremely shocked and overwhelmed at winning the title. Ms. Stokes is excited and looks forward to riding and waving in the COTR Day parade. She wants everyone to know how much fun it was to compete in this year’s pageant and hopes that everyone will sign up for next year and have as much fun as she did.

Come out and support the last of the COTR pagaents, Little Miss COTR, tonight at the Civic Center at 6pm.

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.

Young Miss Christmas on the River 2013 is Buckley Nettles

Buckley Nettles was crowned 2013 Young Miss Christmas on the River by Miley Lee, 2013's Young Miss Christmas on the River.

Buckley Nettles was crowned 2013 Young Miss Christmas on the River by Miley Lee, 2013’s Young Miss Christmas on the River.

Forty very pretty girls competed for the title of Young Miss Christmas on the River 2013 at the Demopolis Civic Center tonight. The Master of Ceremonies, Alan Bishop, called out each individual contestant and gave them a chance to show the judges they had what it took to become the next Young Miss COTR and her court. The contestants were then cut to 16 and then to the top five. Before announcing the queen and her court, two special crowns were given to two beautiful girls. Catherine Maree Breitling and Anna-Colman Yelverton, who stole the show with their beauty and charm.

Young Miss Christmas on the River 2013 and her court were then announced to an enthusiastic audience. Fourth alternate, Jordyn Nicole Bailey was wearing  a white satin ball gown adorned with feathers. Jordyn attends Sumter Academy and is in the fifth grade. Wearing a sparkling white gown with silver detailing was third alternate, Sarah Kate Potter. Sarah Kate attends U. S. Jones and is in the fourth grade.  Also from U. S. Jones and in the fourth grade was second alternate, Cassidy Claire Crawford. Cassidy was wearing a Christmas red layered ball gown. Anna Katherine Sellers, first alternate, was wearing a jeweled white satin and chiffon ball gown. Anna Katherine attends West Alabama Christian and is in the third grade. And last, but definitely not least, was Buckley Elizabeth Nettles, who was crowned Young Miss Christmas on the River 2013. She was wearing a beautiful turquoise satin and tulle ball gown encrusted with stones.

(L-R) Jordyn Nicole Bailey, Cassidy Claire Crawford, Buckely Elizabeth Nettles, Anna Katherine Sellers, Sarah Kate Potter.

(L-R) Jordyn Nicole Bailey, Cassidy Claire Crawford, Buckely Elizabeth Nettles, Anna Katherine Sellers, Sarah Kate Potter.

Buckley is the nine year old daughter of  Ed and Heidi Nettles. She is a fourth grader at U.S. Jones, where she is in the enrichment program along with being an All-A student. Nettles attends dance with Tracy Cargile, plays softball and participates in church activities. She also loves singing, golfing, horseback riding and watching ESPN with her dad. When asked what she thought when her name was called out as the winner, she stated “I was very excited but shocked I had won.” She is most excited about being in the parade and attending all the events during the week of COTR. Sarah Kate Potter, Buckley’s best friend, was named third alternate and she will get to attend all the events with her. Buckley is no stranger to the Christmas on the River family. She was named Little Miss Christmas on the River back in 2011.

Buckley Nettles is congratulated by Sarah Kate Potter, after Buckley was named 2013 Young Miss Christmas on the River.

Buckley Nettles is congratulated by Sarah Kate Potter, after Buckley was named 2013 Young Miss Christmas on the River.

The top sixteen not listed above were Abby Grace Cameron, Victoria “Tori” Elizabeth Horne, Camilla Beck Emmons, Abigayle Marie Quinney, Megan Lindsey Roe, Hannah Allen Whaley, Anna Katelyn Glass, Anna-Coleman Yelverton, Taylor Alysse Dunklin, Anna Scott Bozeman, and Sara Elaine Jordan.