The Oskaloosa Main Street Young Ambassador Contest winners were announced in an event at Penn Central Mall on Monday evening.
In attendance were 20 contestants and their families and friends. The Young Ambassador Contestants were introduced by Master of Ceremonies, Joe Milledge of KIIC Radio. Brant Bollman of Uplifting Puppet Co-presented an Original Tale, ‘Oh No! Santa’s Sick!’ for the children. The winners were announced, and gifts were presented by Santa.
“The contest is open to children ages 3 to kindergarten. We had 20 children in the running this year,” shared Deb Bruxvoort, Oskaloosa Main Street/Mahaska Chamber. “The funds raised support the Oskaloosa Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade, but each year we also donate a portion of the proceeds to a local preschool. This year, that recipient is Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Preschool.”
This year’s 2023 Young Ambassador Princess is Mia Walker, daughter of Madison and JT Walker. The Prince is Jackson, son of Katie and Jacob Montgomery.
Those participating in addition to our winners were Adalynn Mabee, Ariana Adams, Eden Kenney, Haley Van Donselaar, Hannah Lusk, Hermione Shrader, Kami Martin, Laney Ward, Piper VanderBeek, Roselyn Versendaal, Serenity Asher, Trinity Bannister, Kane Evans, Leo Schultz, Logan De Groot, Milo Malloy, Noah Lusk, and Reese Schultz.
All children received gifts donated by local merchants, including Mahaska Drug and Hy-Vee. All will be invited to help spread the magic of Christmas by riding on the Clow Train during the “Heart of Christmas” Lighted Christmas Parade this Saturday, December 2, at 7:00 PM.