OSKALOOSA – Oskaloosa Main Street announced the Young Ambassador Contest winners Dec. 2 at Penn Central Mall.
Main Street Director Emily Brown said this year’s 2019 Young Ambassador Contest had record number participating, with 34 children aged 3 through kindergarten-age.
“We have a record number of children participating this year, which is, of course exciting,” she said. “The funds raised support the Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade and since the kids are mostly in preschool, every year we do make a donation to a local preschool and it kind of rotates. This year it’s SIEDA Head Start.”
The 2019 Young Ambassador Contest Prince and Princess are Fitch Fee and Leah Scholtus.
Prince Fitch Fee, 3
Parents: Chris and Madison Fee
School: Miss Michelle’s Little Learners
Favorite Activity: Working in the garage with his dad
Favorite Christmas Song: We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Christmas Gift: Four-wheeler
Princess Leah Scholtus, 3
Parents: Emily and Cody Scholtus
School: Peekaboo Point Childcare
Favorite Activity: Running fast
Favorite Christmas Song: Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
Christmas Gift: Drum set
Fitch and Leah will ride in the Cinderella carriage during the Christmas Parade just ahead of the other children that participated in this year’s 2019 Young Ambassadors contest.
Although two winners are selected as the contest winners, there are no losers in this event.
“The kids, on the night of the Christmas Parade will actually ride in one of the floats,” Brown said. “So Clow Valve Company actually has a train of sorts and there’s different cars on the train that the kids ride in. On the front, there is a Cinderella carriage and the top two kids sit in that, but otherwise, everyone that registers gets either a medal or a crown, and then, of course, ride in the parade, but they also get a gift bag with goodies in it from Mahaska Drug. I think that’s probably their, their favorite part about it.”
With 20 princesses and 14 princes, those participating in the contest in addition to this years winners are: Abigail Clearinghouse, Amiyah Coleman, Ariel la Haugen, Ashneer Cheema, Aubrey Lamb, Ava Jackman, Ava Kenney, Everlee Rogers, Gemma Lyman, Jayde DeGroot, J’Ceilia Ireland, Karsyn Mahaffey, Kayla Thomas, Leah Scholtus, Mallory Kenny, Raegan DeGroot, Rebecca Beuthien, Rose Bowers, Violet Terpstra, Willow Hahn-Lefler, Bently Krog, Brohdy Schutjer, Carter Wiley, Chaxton Breenon, Easton Denburger, Fitch Fee, Grant Denburger, Layne Mahaffey, Layton Van Renterghem, Lincoln Reisetter, Sawyer Whitlatch, Sterling Colter, Wyatt Sutton and Zayden Allsup.
Gifts for all children that registered for the contest were donated from local merchants which included, Mahaska Drug, Hy-Vee and Casey’s.
This year Oskaloosa Main Street raised $2,800 through the Young Ambassador Contest