Victoria Jones, who was crowned Miss Zachary 2014, passed on her crown Saturday to Katlyn Riles at the annual Miss Zachary/ZFest Pageant.
In addition to Riles, about 70 other contestants up to age 23 competed in divisions such as baby, pre-teen and teen.
Winners from each division include: Chyenne Lowther, Baby Miss; Alejandra Batarseh, Tiny Miss; Rylan Kinbe, Toddler Miss; Ress Palmer, Petite Miss; Mary Grace Amaello, Little Miss; Elise Lathan, Deb Miss; Nalon Soileau, Pre-Teen Miss; Jacelyn Rasti, Teen Miss; and Riles, who is Miss Zachary 2015.
An overall People’s Choice award was given to contestant Randee-Lynn Slaughter.
Other contestants were awarded trophies for prettiest eyes, smile and hair; most photogenic and fashionable; and best personality.
Everyone who received an award will appear in a fashion show beginning at 1:30 p.m. May 2 at the Zachary Arts and Music Festival.
Rasti and Riles will represent the community for one year, and winners from all divisions will appear at ZFest, in the Zachary Christmas parade and gain entry into the Miss Baton Rouge and Baby Baton Rouge pageants, Rhonda Gerald, pageant director, said.
Additionally, Miss Zachary 2015 will compete in the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals State Pageant in February.
“The mission of the Miss Zachary/ZFest pageant is to be a positive experience for young girls. It offers so much in the way of traveling, meeting people, learning about poise and etiquette and what it means to be graceful,” said Gerald. “I wish more young women in the older categories would take part, realizing what a great opportunity this is.”
The event promotes the Zachary community and ZFest, which is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Zachary Chamber, as well as promotes community service and involvement, Chamber officials said.
For a complete schedule of ZFest events, visit zfest.us.