54th annual Funday kings and queens crowned

Pictured from left: Wylder Wayne Corbin, Emma Raye Folds, Averie Edwards, Joely Bennett, Presley Jones, Dani Ross. Center front: Anisley Marsh, Matthew Woods. [ASHLEY PHILLIPS | CONTRIBUTED]

Wausau Development Club Inc. held their 54th annual Funday king and queen pageant Friday, July 21, at the Possum Palace.


Winners are as follows:
Baby King – Wylder Wayne Corbin,
Baby Queen – Emma Raye Folds,
Toddler Queen – AVerie Edwards,
Junior QUeen- Joely Bennett,
Little MIss Funday – Presley Jones
Miss Funday Queen – Dani Ross,
Most Popular/People’s Choice – Anisley Marsh,
Funday King – Matthew Woods

Organizers say everyone working behind the scenes volunteer many hours to make this pageant better every year. Each contestant must collect sponsorships to participate in the pageant. Top sponsorship earner this year was Ainsley Marsh, collecting more than $1,000.

All proceeds collected are placed into a fund and offered as scholarships in amounts up to $4,000, given each year to Washington County seniors.

Pageant director Cindy Johnson Brown, who was also Funday Tiny Queen in 1981, says the scholarship fund is in its 30th year, and she hopes it will offer more scholarships in the years to come. “I’m just continuing the tradition,†says Brown.

Kings and queens can be seen at the Funday events this Friday and Saturday, August 4 and 5.