Little Miss and Mr. Oktemberfest crowned

Thursday night on the Marshall County Courthouse lawn, local youngsters in grades first and second vied for the opportunity to be crowned this year’s 2017 Little Miss and Mr. Oktemberfest. Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) board members ran the registration booth and assigned each child a number. Numbered tokens were then placed in a black hat, and the boy and girl matching the numbers selected, won the contest. A total of 21 girls and 19 boys put their hats in the ring. KFJB-KXIA radio personality Kyle Martin, who is serving as the festival’s Master of Ceremonies, brought a couple of MCC basketball players on stage to help him pick the numbers from the hat. Anora Hill, 7, right, a second grader at GMG Elementary School, and Jovanni Guzman, 6, a first grader at Rogers Elementary School, were the winners. The pair will appear in Saturday’s Oktemberfest Grand Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Last year’s contest saw 36 girls and 22 boys vie for the chance to be named Little Miss and Mr. Oktemberfest. Briley Danielson, 7, and Jaylin Fogarty, 7, won the honor in 2016.