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MOUNT PLEASANT — The 2003 Mount Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival opened Friday with beautiful weather and a large, friendly crowd.

The Little Princess crowning highlighted the evening.

Fifteen little princesses wearing their finest party dresses filled the pavilion. Little Princess 2002 Monique Lepre took her final walk to “Isn’t She Lovely,” then the new contestants, aged 4 to 6 took their turn curtseying to the judges and then answering three questions.

“They’re all lovely and they’re all winners,” said emcee Marilyn Forbes.

Haley Galgreath-Jones took home the Little Princess crown. Wearing an eggshell gown that set off her gold-brown hair and blue eyes, Haley smiled beautifully and told Forbes that her favorite toys were Strawberry Shortcake dolls. She said she liked making Christmas crafts and she wanted to be a doctor when she grew up.

“I was dying, I’m so surprised,” said her mother, ” Kim Galbreath-Jones of Norvelt.

“I’m so excited, you did great,” said Haley’s father, Chip Jones Jr.

Haley smiled and nodded when asked if she was excited.

Taylor Burkholder was named first runner-up and Alyssa Hixson took home second runner-up and most photogenic honors.

The other contestants were: Megan Goulding, Cassandra Porter, Molly Mendicino, Clarissa Brier, Julia Cummins, Brianna Wilt, Carly Rimel, Sarah Funk, Kayla Queer, Alexis Fosbrink, Amanda Rother and Sherry Prinkey.

Kathy Basinger of Connellsville attended the Glass Festival with her nephew, Jed Fullem, 2, son of Lainie and Kevin Fullem of Normalville, who sat sampling fries and other festival food.

“He loves it,” she said. “We brought him last year. He loved the parade. We’re looking forward to the parade of lights. We’re having a ball.”

This is Deb Clevenstine’s first Glass Festival as an artist. The Mount Joy resident’s medium is acrylic block, which she carves delicately with fine drills, yielding tigers, a girl on a swing, horses, deer, flowers and a menagerie of every imaginable animal as key chains, plaques and delicate lights.

She has been creating the acrylic etchings professionally for 20 years. “I saw a guy doing it 25 years ago when I was in college. I was fascinated. I bought a drill and taught myself. I can create almost any animal and will add a personal message to any piece free.”

Rick Bowman, a member of the Festival committee, predicted a good weekend. “We have perfect weather tonight, the schools were closed because of an Act 80 day, so we were busier during the day than normal, and we have one more glass vendor, Jamestown Crystal. It’s going well.”

Saturday schedule:

= 11 a.m. Queen and Young Miss Princess contest, gazebo

= 12 p.m. Calvin Pryce steel pan combo band, Washington Street stage

= 2 p.m. Parade, Main Street

= 6 p.m. Johnny Angel and the Halos, gazebo

= 7 p.m. Tuika with Island Magic, Washington Street stage

= 9 p.m. The Vogues, gazebo

= 9 p.m. Tom Watt’s tribute to Jimmy Buffett, Washington Street stage

Sunday schedule:

= 12 p.m. Kidfest, gazebo

= 2:30 p.m. Povertyneck Hillbillies, gazebo

= 3 p.m. Battle of the Singers finals, Washington Street stage

= 5:30 p.m. Pittsburgh rock band, gazebo

= 7:45 p.m. Fireworks, Diamond Street


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