The new Miss Sleepy Eye Royalty include Princesses Courtney Dittbenner and Brianna Polesky, pictured with Miss Sleepy Eye Jody Hansen.
The Miss Sleepy Eye Coronation was held on Saturday night, March 3, at the Sleepy Eye Event Center, with Miss Sleepy Eye 2016 Lauren Laffen as Emcee. Thirteen candidates introduced themselves and then each gave her answer to a question they'd been given in advance - what kind of candy makes you think of Sleepy Eye and why? Their creative answers covered all the positive aspects of Sleepy Eye. The candidates were also interviewed by the judges earlier in the day.
Six finalists were announced: Abby Johnson, Courtney Dittbenner, Jody Hansen, Mallory Helget, Lauren Klein and Brianna Polesky. Each was given a question to answer on the spot and did so with poise.
Crowned Miss Sleepy Eye 2018 was Jody Hansen, a senior at St. Mary's High School and the daughter of Craig and Linda Hansen. Princesses crowned were Sleepy Eye High School seniors, Courtney Dittbenner, daughter of Craig and Joleen Dittbenner and Brianna Polesky, daughter of Brian and Carol Polesky.
The Miss Sleepy Eye Royalty will Sleepy Eye at a variety of area community parades this summer and also appear at several Sleepy Eye events throughout their reign.