BEATRICE - Lauren Gerik, of Abbott, Texas was crowned the new Miss Czech-Slovak U.S. Pageant winner at the close of this weekend’s Czech Festival in Wilber, Sunday night.
First Runner-up was Kansas Czech Queen, Hayley Piroutek, of Belleville, Kansas. The Nebraska Czech Queen, Addison Hejl, of Pleasant Dale, was named second runner up.
Eight contestants competed in this year’s National Pageant at Wilber’s Outdoor Theatre. Named Miss Congeniality was Hayley Piroutek.
The talent award was presented to Emily Cole, Miss Oklahoma. Addison Hejl won the Oratory Award.
Americanized and Authentic costume honors go to Mary Carlson, Miss Minnesota….and Lauren Gerik, of Texas… the overall pageant winner. A new award this year, the Cultural Preservation Award, was presented to Megan Klaver, Miss Wisconsin.
The 60th Annual Czech Festival this year in the nation's Czech Capital honored the 127th year of the Wilber Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, which served as grand marshal in the Saturday and Sunday Parades. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts was among those walking the parade route, on Sunday.