Newly crowned Little Mr. Apricot Christian Vasquez, 5, and Miss Apricot Brynn MacWilliams, 5, commanded the judges’ attention by answering a range of questions that oohed and aahed the crowd.
Vasquez informed emcee Pat Dooley that he plans to be a soccer player when he becomes an adult. When asked why he likes to play soccer, Vasquez said in a loud, confident voice, “Because they make goalies and do tricks.”
Christian, son of Alejandro and Veronica Vasquez, told the hundreds of attendees that watched Friday afternoon that his favorite subject in school was art and “projects of coloring.”
Brynn MacWilliams, 5, daughter of Jason and Noelle MacWilliams, who was crowned Little Miss Apricot, proudly gave a unique answer when asked what she would like to be when she grew up.
“I want to be a missionary because they go around the world and tell people about Jesus,” MacWilliams said.
She also taught the audience the importance of sign language since “some people can’t hear too good.”
Gino Brudnicki, 5, the son of Tom and Mia Brudnicki, and Hailey Kolding, 6, the daughter of Kelly and Oana Kolding, were named runner-ups.
The 14 contestants paraded around the stage to the traditional tune of “Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree” followed by a Nikki Webster cover of Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street.”
One by one, the contestants walked out from the wings, waved to the crowd and climbed onto a small platform, where they responded to Dooley’s questions.
Brudnicki told the judges he wanted to be a farmer when he grew up because “they do fields” and ride big tractors.
Kolding, who is a jazz dancer, said she wanted to be a ballerina and dance teacher when she grew up. She said her favorite subject in school was recess, and she loves her puppy, Buster.
After the 14 contestants presented an encore of their “Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree” routine, Trinity Dance Center and Curtain Call dance studios entertained the audience with dance numbers as the judges tallied up the final scores.
The 2012 court — Little Miss Apricot Samantha Lopez, Little Mr. Apricot Izaac Arevalo and runner-ups Claire Pierce and William Silva — presented sashes and crowns to this year’s winners.
The contestants worked diligently for the past few months under the guidance of Kim Garro and Gwendolyn Valentine.
“It’s important for the kids to have fun,” said Garro after the ceremony. “It’s unfortunate that everyone cannot win, but they still seem to be having a good time.”
The contest began in 1971 in conjunction with Apricot Fiesta activities, according to emcee Dooley. Jon Washburn and Vicki Titus wore the first crowns.
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