Junior Snow Queen Runner-Up Lydia Hill and Junior Snow Queen Caitlin Birney; 2020 Snow Queen Brianna Fanger, Miss Congeniality Gabby McQuirk, and Snow Queen Runner-Up Angela Guthmiller.

The Sully Buttes stage was decorated Saturday for the 60th anniversary Sully County Snow Queen pageant in a manner that harkened back to the event’s earliest days: with Christmas trees and twinkling lights.

Even on the traditional stage the event took on a modern flair with the Christmas take on the popular ‘Baby Shark’ song sung by the Future Snow Queens and pageant contestants. The up-tempo performance by the Sully Buttes Jazz Band helped define the festive atmosphere.

Accompanied by Joan Hofer, the contestants each walked the stage as they were introduced, giving the judges a final chance to examine their elegance and confidence before retiring to an adjacent room to select the winner. After a day spent in the camaraderie of rehearsing, sitting through judges’ interviews, and finally walking the pageant stage, Gabrielle McQuirk was named Miss Congeniality by a vote of all participating candidates for being the senior girl whom they felt was the most friendly, helpful, genuine and outgoing. First runner-up Snow Queen was Angela Guthmiller, and Lydia Hill was the Junior Snow Queen first runner-up. Brianna Fanger was crowned 2020 Snow Queen and Caitlin Birney was crowned 2020 Junior Snow Queen.

Caitlin and Brianna will compete in the 74th annual Snow Queen Festival in Aberdeen, coronation of the Junior Snow Queen will take place Saturday, January 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the Aberdeen Civic Theatre, and the Snow Queen Coronation will be Saturday, January 11th. Tickets may be purchased at the Theatre window the day of Coronation.

The Sully County Snow Queen pageant is put on by the Snow Queen committee: Janel Wiley, Vicki Lentz, Holly Miles, Erica Paxton, Tina LaRosh, Nicole Forgey, Mallory Wiley, Natalie Miles, and the parents of the candidates.