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Mister, Miss Pageant draws a crowd
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Although the annual Mister and Miss Covington Pageant is only in its third year, but it's already becoming a staple event in Newton County as the pageant continues to draw in more contestants each year.

This year's pageant, which was held at Eastside High School on Aug. 14, featured 70 contestants from babies to teens. The event has added around 15 additional contestants each year, according to Crissy Alter pageant director.

This year's theme was "Back to School" where contestants not only created creative themed outfits, but also collected school items to donate.

"The creativity on the back to school items was amazing," said Alter. "The boys and girls really outdid themselves."

The contestants raised almost 2,000 items for Newton County schools, with Makinzie Baker collecting the most items.

Other winners included: Front Cover Model (of our Program Book): Madisyn Ramey, back Cover Model (of our Program Book): Adriana Drain, Baby Miss Covington: Shayla Grace White, Toddler Miss Covington: Kayden David, Tiny Miss Covington: Adriana Drain, Little Miss Covington: Kaylee Croft, Petite Miss Covington: Summer Hollis, Young Miss Covington: Amanda Brielle Saxton, Junior Miss Covington: Madison Kanupke, Teen Miss Covington: Janie Whitlatch, Miss Covington: Madison Etheridge, Tiny Mister Covington: Caleb Cowan and Mister Covington: Lawson White

Supreme winners were: 0-3 Grand Supreme: Lizah Turner, 0-3 Mini Supreme: Jayla Drain, 4-9 Grand Supreme: Sarah Elise Riggs, 4-9 Mini Supreme: Chloe Marchman, 10 plus Grand Supreme: Madeline Niersbach, 10 plus Mini Supreme: McKayla Futral, Boys Grand Supreme: Bryson Blevins and Boys Mini Supreme: Landen Edwards.

Every contestant received a trophy two feet tall or larger.

As for next year's pageant, Alter said there will definitely be one and hopes it is as much of a success as this one.

"This year went perfect and really couldn't have been better," she said.