9 raising money for Oktoberfest prince and princess contest

Eight girls and one boy are vying for 2022 Seymour Oktoberfest royalty.

Beta Kappa Chapter 697 Epsilon Sigma Alpha International once again is sponsoring the annual festival’s prince and princess contest.

The only prince contestant is Reed Barlow, 9, son of Amanda and Josh Barlow.

The princess contestants are Isabella Miller, 6, daughter of Alexus Smith; Mia Paisley Crank, 6, daughter of Michelle and Josh Clark; Lela Stout, 7, daughter of Blaine and Danny Stout; Kyla Mellencamp, 6, daughter of Angie Villarreal; Kaydee Bode, 8, daughter of Tammy Bode; Oakleigh Caffee, 6, daughter of Kyliegh Caffee; Abigail Wiese, 6, daughter of Christina Wiese; and Ava Marie Kay Lewis, 7, daughter of Keisha and Bobby Lewis.

The contest is for boys and girls who are residents of Jackson County and are between the ages of 6 and 10 before the Oktoberfest. This year’s festival is Sept. 29 to Oct. 1.

The winning prince and princess are determined by who raises the most money by the deadline of 1 p.m. Sept. 28.

The crownings will take place during the opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29 on the North Stage at Third and Chestnut streets in downtown Seymour.

The crowned prince and princess will each receive a bicycle provided by Beta Kappa and other prizes. All contestants turning in donations will receive a bag full of prizes.

The contestants also can ride in the parade, which starts at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

Funds raised by this project will benefit various Beta Kappa philanthropic projects and ways and means. Some of the annual projects are Jackson County United Way, Community Provisions of Jackson County, Anchor House Family Assistance Center and Pantry, Special Olympics Indiana Jackson County, The Arc of Jackson County, Easter Seals and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.