Lewiston's Andrea Donovan finishes second
History was made Sunday night, at the end of the 58th annual Niagara County Peach Festival, as Lindsey Clark was named Peach Queen. She will receive a $4,000 college scholarship, courtesy of the Lewiston Kiwanis Club.
Clark, 18, of North Tonawanda, recently began her freshman year at SUNY Fredonia. A business major, she has extensive dance training, performed in high school theater productions and is close friends with the outgoing Peach Queen, Christine Oliveri.
Her platform is the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, which works to promote inner beauty and self-esteem in women.
Lindsey Clark, moments after being crowned Peach Queen Sunday.
Watch the final announcement:
Lewiston's Andrea Donovan was first runner-up. The 17-year-old Lewiston-Porter senior is heavily involved in her high school and works at a village eatery. The rest of the Peach Queen court included third-place finisher Justina Conti, 16, of Niagara Falls; fourth-place finisher Sarah Andres, 17, of Youngstown; and fifth-place finisher Emily Buzzard, 19, of Ransomville.
The inaugural "Bright Star Award" went to Mackenzie MacFarlane, 20, of Lockport. This recognition goes to a contestant finishing outside of the top five who embraced the Peach Queen activities, gave maximum effort and pushed herself outside of her comfort zone. The $100 award is funded by former Peach Queen Ali Casale.
Miss Congeniality went to Elyse Wall, 17, of Youngstown. This award is determined by contestant vote. It's given in honor of the late Tara Laurie, a two-time finalist who regularly gave back to the community and loved to be on stage.
Emmy-winning WGRZ-TV Channel 2 anchor Maryalice Demler served as emcee. Station GM Jim Toellner received the Kiwanis Media Award.
The Peach Queen judging panel included, from left (with Clark in peach dress) Niagara Frontier Publications Managing Editor Joshua Maloni, Michelle Blackley of "Niagara Now" and the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., actress and former Peach Queen Natalie Slipko, Pat Proctor of Rainbow Air, Jillian Colucci of M&T Bank and Susan Swiatkowski of the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls and Old Falls Street.
Jennifer Pauly coordinated the pageant, which took place inside the Lewiston Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 firehall due to excessively wet and rainy weather outside at Academy Park.
The Peach Queen court. Pictured, from left: Emily Buzzard, Justina Conti, Lindsey Clark, Andrea Donovan and Sarah Andres. (Photo by K&D Action Photo & Aerial Imaging)
Lindsey Clark was
crowned Peach Queen Sunday night. She is shown, at right, with Peach Blossom
Julianna Vanderhider, age 6, the daughter of Wayne and Kristy Vanderhider, and
Peach Fuzz Jack Thomas Sliwowski, 5, the son of Tony and Meaghan Sliwowski. (Photo by Robin Clark)
Below is a list of all the Peach Queen contestants: