The SD Snow Queen Festival begins on Saturday with a talent show and the crowning of the junior queen

The Frozen Ambassadors, back row, left to right, Jessica Hansen and Heather Fischer, standing with, front row, Frozen Jr. Olivia Hadrick, Snow Princess Moriah Kippley, Snow Prince Charles Addison and Snow Queen April Simon.

More than a week of South Dakota Snow Queen Festival activities begin Friday in Aberdeen.

The 76th Snow Queen Festival features the Coronation of the Junior Snow Queen on Saturday and continues with activities throughout the week, culminating in the Coronation of the next Senior Snow Queen on January 15.

Junior Snow Queen features 25 competitors from across the state. In all, there are 28 Senior Snow Queen nominees. Both events begin at 7 p.m. at the Aberdeen Civic Theatre. Coronation tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets are available at area florists or at the door.

As always, the public will have the opportunity to guess the identity of Frosty, the festival’s mystery snowman. Clues are published in the American News before the festival.

To guess Frosty’s identity, people can send their name, address, phone number and guess to eflannery@aberdeennews.com. Guessing over the phone is not accepted. The winner, who receives a one-year subscription to American News, will be randomly selected from all correct submissions.

American News employees and South Dakota Snow Queen Festival committee members and families are not eligible. The American News reserves the right to reject any entry.

The public will have the opportunity to meet the Junior Frozen contestants on Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at Allevity. Snow Queen contestants will be at SkateAway from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on January 13. The public is invited to skate with Frosty and meet the competitors. Regular admission prices apply.

The talent show begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and is scheduled to end around 1 p.m. at the Civic Theater. There is no cost to attend. Finalists will perform at the Junior Snow Queen and Snow Queen Coronations.

The 2022 Junior Snow Queen will be crowned by 2021 Junior Snow Queen Olivia Hadrick. The winner of Frozen 2022 will be crowned by Frozen 2021 April Simon. Frosty’s identity will be revealed at the senior coronation on January 15.

A list of candidates follows.

The Snow Queen contestants

  • Miss Aberdeen Lindsay Scott, daughter of Nancy Scott

  • Miss Bowdle Belle Lunders, daughter of Tammy Lunders

  • Miss Britton-Area Marissa Sumption, daughter of Cassandra and Taylor Suption

  • Miss Capital Area Naomi McCarthy, daughter of Anna Mefford and Brandon McCarthy

  • Miss Clark Co Teagan Ortberg, daughter of Lacey Ortberg and Matt Ortberg.

  • Miss Deuel Co Mia Berndt, daughter of Steve and Cristy Brendt.

  • Miss Faulkton Shayna Heitmann, daughter of Grady and Bobbi Heitmann.

  • Miss Frederick Katelyn Mehlhaff, daughter of Chris and Wendy Mehlhaff.

  • Miss Gettysburg Kirstie Lake, daughter of John and Bridget Lake.

  • Miss Groton Christina Zoellner, daughter of Bill Zoellner.

  • Miss Highmore Alexis Roth, daughter of Adam and Jacquie Roth.

  • Miss Hoven Isabella Sautner, daughter of Chad and Lori Sautner.

  • Miss Ipswich Tasia Rivera, daughter of Robynn and Ryan Konsor.

  • Miss Kingsbury Co Riley Meyers, daughter of Sonja Doyle and Scott Myers.

  • Miss Langford Jennaka Nelson, daughter of Travis and Jessica Nelson.

  • Miss Milbank Tinley Wildung, daughter of Molly and Nathan Henrich & Reid and Shelly Wildung.

  • Miss Miller Aubrey Dehaai, daughter of Sarah and Lance DeHaai.

  • Miss Miner Co. Katie Sherman, daughter of Tim and Kelly Sherman.

  • Miss Mobridge Maya Nobles, daughter of Carl and Anna Nobles.

  • Miss Northwestern Sawyer Styles, daughter of Chris and Erica Styles.

  • Miss Redfield Area Breanna Roth, daughter of Michael and Terri Roth.

  • Miss Sisseton Olivia Bartnick, daughter of Lindsay Gleason and Dustin Bartnick.

  • Miss Sully Co Mallory Wiley, daughter of Michael and Janel Wiley.

  • Miss Warner Abigail Dunlavy, daughter of Amy and Allen Dunley.

  • Miss Watertown Madison Park, daughter of Chester and Nikole Park.

  • Miss Webster Haley Isler, daughter of Candice Nelson.

  • Miss Wilmont Tasha Zirbel, daughter of Dave and Cheri Zirbel.

  • Miss Wolsey/Wessington Macie Luce, daughter of Jeff and Tammy Luce.

Junior Snow Queen

  • Miss Jr. Aberdeen Kyanne Galbriath, daughter of Rich and Teri Galbraith.

  • Miss Jr. Bowdle Emma Sonsteby, daughter of David and Sarah Sonsteby.

  • Miss Jr. Britton-Area Heather Storbakken, daughter of Lynn and Rodell Storbakken.

  • Miss Jr. Capital Area Heavenly Thompson, daughter of Sarah Thompson.

  • Miss Jr. Clark Co Samantha Brenden, daughter of Butch ansErin Brenden.

  • Miss Jr. Deuel Co Alexis Schilling, daughter of Michelle and Ryan Schilling.

  • Miss Jr. Faulkton Amelia Currington, daughter of Jason and Lacey Currington.

  • Miss Jr. Frederick Gabby Millard, daughter of Troy and Kelli Millard.

  • Miss Jr. Gettysburg Olivia Jost, daughter of Jessica and Travis Jost.

  • Miss Jr. Groton Gretchen Dinger, daughter of Weston Dinger and Elizabeth Bahr.

  • Miss Jr. Hoven Cadynce Mastel, daughter of Jessica Mastel.

  • Miss Jr. Ipswich Kathryn Kilber, daughter of Scitt and Bobbie Kilber.

  • Miss Jr. Langford Jordis Jenner, daughter of Ali and Jason Tonsfeldt.

  • Miss Jr. Miller Aleah Schlechter, daughter of Andy and Deidra Schlechter.

  • Miss Jr. Miner Co Natalie Martian, daughter of Emily and Larry Martain.

  • Miss Jr. Mobridge Sophia Overland, daughter of Heather and Andrew Overland.

  • Miss Jr. Northwestern Payton Grandpre, daughter of Melissa and Todd Grandpre.

  • Miss Jr. Redfield Area Brooklyn Rische, daughter of Dustin and Andi Rische.

  • Miss Jr. Sisseton Isabelle Skarnagel, daughter of Michelle Skarnagel.

  • Miss Jr. Sully Co Adrian Renee Gruis, daughter of Brad and LaJena Gruis.

  • Miss Jr. Warner Kyleigh Schopp, daughter of Justin and Carla Schopp.

  • Miss Jr. Watertown Katie Leadabrand, daughter of Angie Anderson and Jerry Leadabrand.

  • Miss Jr. Webster Brylie Maryah Reeves, daughter of Becky Reeves.

  • Miss Jr. Wilmot Scarlett Renville, daughter of April and Steven Griffee & John Renville.

  • Miss Jr. Wolsey/Wessington Tatum Luce, daughter of Jeff and Tammy Luce.

This article originally appeared on Aberdeen News: SD Snow Queen Festival starts on Saturday

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