Queen Alalah 75
Living out a childhood dream, Cowley College sophomore Brylee Sturd was crowned Queen Alalah LXXV during the coronation ceremony held October 27 at Cowley’s Robert Brown Theatre.
Sturd, an Arkansas City native, is the daughter of John and LeeAnn Sturd. Her grandmother, Terry Eaton, mother, LeeAnn Eaton, and aunt, Stacy Eaton Tener, are all former Queen Alalah candidates.
“It is like a dream come true,” Sturd said. “I am going to do my best to be the best Queen Alalah I can be.”
The first runner-up was Jayme Shriver, another Ark City native. The other three candidates were Sarah Aldrich, Patricia Dailey and Tamara McMillan.
The coronation also had performances by the Cowley College Tigerettes, Kristen Boxman and Halston Shaw, the Ark High Singers, Arkansas City High School Jazz Band, Ark City Dance Performance Troupe, and the singing of “Unforgettable” by Jim Pringle.
There was also a video put together by Legleiter Video Productions, which showed portions of previous coronations from 1985 through 2005.
Nick Rogers served as the Master of Ceremonies and introduced the former queens and the visiting queens from surrounding towns in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma. Rogers also announced that Bill Docking is the 2006 grand marshal.
Dorothy Moore Harbaugh, the first Queen Alalah back in 1928, attended the ceremony and was honored by Rogers. She enjoyed the evening and had some words of advice for Sturd.
“She will love this all of her life,” Harbaugh, who is 95, said. “It is something to be proud of, she will just have to live up to it.”