Winners in the LIl' MIss Annie Oakley and Lil' Mr. Buffalo Bill are, from left, Elizabeth Graniron, first runner-up and winner Sofia Miller, in the girls' competition and Brayden Kester, winner in the Lil' Mr. contest and his runner-up, James Rice. (LInda Moody photo)

Miller, Kester tops in ‘Lil’ pageant

GREENVILLE—Sofia Miller and Brayden Kester were selected to serve as the reigning Lil’ Miss Annie Oakley and Lil’ Mr. Buffalo Bill, respectively, Thursday at the Darke County Fairgrounds in a pageant emceed by Madison Werner, who the next evening, was named Miss Annie Oakley after the shooting competition.

Runner-up in the Lil Miss Annie competition was Elizabeth Graniron, while James Rice was chosen by judges to be Lil; Mr. Buffalo Bill. Elizabeth Ganiron was also named most photogenic.

Others vying for the title of Lil’ Miss were Ruth Gilmore and Tylee Elliott and another Lil’ Mr. candidate, Oliver Eubank, was in attendance but didn’t want to go on stage.

All of the contestants competing were 5 years of age. The contest was open to those 3 years of age through age 5. Judges were Kathy Cool of Darke County Parks; Abby Fike, Miss Pumpkin 2021; and this year’s Darke County Fair royalty Queen Mariah Kreusch and King Jayden Hicks. The candidates were judged on costume, stage presence, personality and how they answered the questions they were asked.

The candidates, after being questioned by the emcee, had the opportunity to choose a final question from out of a cowboy hat. However, she did ask each one of them what they wanted to be when they grew up. Sofia said a scientist; Brayden, a firefighter; James, a baseball player; Elizabeth, a veterinarian; and Ruth and Tylee, artists.

This competition was sponsored by J&M Ranch and Trails and Tails 4-H Club.

Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ or 937-337-1955.

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