The Miss Crookston Scholarship Pageant dates back to the 1930s, but the first Miss Crookston of Ox Cart Days’ summer festival was crowned in 1990. Her name is Heather Williams and she lived in Fisher, Minn. at the time of her reign.

    Her court included Patty Conati (runner-up), Jennie Butenhoff, Denise Desplenter, Kimberly Forsberg, Rachel Harris, Denise Kreibich, Melissa Nelson, Michelle Proulx, and Stacie Stueness.

MORE THAN JUST A PAGEANT

    The Miss Crookston Scholarship Pageant is more than just a pageant to  the contestants that hope to get the crown at the end of their appearances around town, Q&A sessions, photo sittings, talent performances, and stage stroll. Being Miss Crookston means you are a representative of the community and a role model to all the young ladies of Crookston.

    Most contestants have a “platform” that they are passionate about and are eager to shine a spotlight on their choice all while they seek to be Miss Crookston. Some choose areas in healthcare, some choose the environment, and some choose education. Being onstage also allows the contestants to attract more attention to those important platforms.

    Once the pageant is over, the work of Miss Crookston and her court are not finished. There are events to attend, requests of visits, photo opportunities, and much more.

    High school juniors and seniors are encouraged to consider submitting for future Miss Crookston Scholarship Pageants and should contact their school office for more information.     
    
PAST PAGEANT WINNERS
    

    • 1936 Marie Olson
    • 1938 Loretta Burgess
    • 1946 Audrey Neff
    • 1947 France Ristau
    • 1948 Rosita Ellington
    • 19— Kelsey Homvik
    • 1954 Jacqueline Schipper
    • 1962 Ruby Mathies
    • 1963 Lolly Dewar
    • 1964 Sue Bakke
    • 1965 Leann Juve
    • 1966 Constance Broden
    • 1967 Georgia Rude
    • 1984 Kristi Palmer
    • 1985 Kristi Nelson

Miss Crookston Pageant winners during Ox Cart Days:

    • 1990 Heather Williams
    • 1991 Myra Odom
    • 1992 Carmen Kreibich
    • 1993 Paula Olson
    • 1994 Jessica Sayler
    • 1995 Michelle Larson
    • 1996 Alyson Gilbert
    • 1997 Ann Gregg
    • 1998 Sara Brorson
    • 1999 Therese Noel
    • 2000 Andrea Martin
    • 2001 Katie Proulx
    • 2002 Bethany Meier
    • 2003 Katie Bakken
    • 2004 Alexandra Dorman
    • 2005 Taushia Brooks
    • 2006 Alexia Thompson
    • 2007 Taylor Davis
    • 2008 Danielle Wavra
    • 2009 Kristin Remick
    • 2010 Michelle Stahlecker
    • 2011 Kelsey Kaml
    • 2012 Mikayla Hensrud
    • 2013 Carly Welter
    • 2014 Madison Crane
    • 2015 Marietta Geist
    • 2016 Morgan Kresl
    • 2017 Aleece Durbin
    • 2018 Thea Oman

See the print edition of the Crookston Daily Times from Friday April 26, 2019 for photos of almost all Miss Crookston Pageant winners from 1990 and on.