The Backus Corn Fest officially begins Aug. 10, but the bid for Backus royalty kicked off the celebration Aug. 1.
Five young ladies threw their hats into the ring in four different age categories. They include Little Miss (Mikyla Wynn), Jr. Princess (Jasmine Dirks, Debrin Popkes), Princess (Merissa Ford), and Miss Backus (Linzie Schelde).
Little Miss Mikyla Wynn and Miss Backus Renee Rogers, last year’s royalty, attended the kickoff.
This year’s candidates illustrated posters of Backus’ Colonel Cobber on a western adventure. They also told their own story about Cobber’s adventure and performed a talent. Talents ranged from drawing, singing and dancing to reciting poetry.
Winners will be crowned at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, after riding a float in the parade. Winners will be required to ride in three parades before next year’s Corn Fest, at which time they will be awarded with gift cards.