I cannot seem to wrap my head around the fact that a new Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest sister was crowned last night at Viterbo University’s Fine Arts Center. Just two short years ago I attended the pageant for my very first time as a contestant and much to my surprise was blessed with the job of Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest that evening. Prior to that occasion I had competed in three different pageants, however, that was my very first title (and one of the best ones to hold undoubtedly). Last year, as I gave up my title I was stricken with a whirlwind of emotions that flooded me again last night as I sat in the audience for the very first time as a spectator for the Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest pageant. People constantly tell you just how amazing the year serving as Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest or any part of the Oktoberfest Royal family is, but you truly can not grasp that entire concept until you have experienced it through dirndls and lederhosen. The Oktoberfest organization in general has become like family to me and I cannot imagine my life without their love and support the past two years. So many of my fondest memories involve parades, visiting other festivals, volunteering, and spending quality time with the incredible group of volunteers and family members that comprise this beautiful festival. A special thank you to everyone who guided me and encouraged me throughout the years, I will forever be grateful to have had the chance to serve the La Crosse community and Oktoberfest.
I want to wish a special congratulations to my successor, high school friend, and former roommate, Christa Brehm; your Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest 2013. It was a surreal moment having the opportunity to crown you last year and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your year unfold. Having the chance to share this unique experience with you has been so much fun and I’m so happy we have had one another to confide in throughout our journeys.
Audra, you performed beautifully last night. You captivated the audience with your talent and shined on stage throughout the other phases of competition. Throughout the past year Audra and I have gotten to know each other as West Side sisters as she served as Miss Onalaska 2013 and gave up her title just a few short weeks ago. The genuinely caring and driven energy you convey is humbling and I am absolutely ecstatic to welcome you into the Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest sisterhood. Best wishes on your journey this year!