Hopeful contestants from all over the area gathered at the Parker Fine Arts building in Waynesville on Saturday, wishing to win a title in the Lions Club's annual pageant.

Twenty-nine girls competed in the Miss Merry Christmas and Miss North Star pageant in categories such as Little Miss, Pre-Teen Miss, Young Miss and Miss. Girls from Waynesville school district competed for Merry Christmas titles and girls from outside the district competed for Miss North Star titles.

Miss Merry Christmas and Miss North Star overall title winners were Miss Merry Christmas Shannon Norris, Miss North Star Genever Alexander, Young Miss Merry Christmas Regan Mertz, Pre-Teen Miss Merry Christmas Jamie Bennet, Pre-Teen Miss North Star Kelsey Keen, Little Miss Merry Christmas Amelia Falge and Little Miss North Star Emily Burns.

In addition to the overall titles, the contestants competed in a talent competition and a Miss Photogenic contest.

Talent and photogenic winners were Little Miss Photogenic Anna Urbanic, Little Miss Talent Ella Westphall, Pre-Teen Miss Photogenic Kelsey Keen, Pre-Teen Talent Ahleigh Borek, Miss Photogenic Judy Swink, Miss Talent Genever Alexander.

Contestants were given scores by the judges in several different categories including, evening wear, on stage question, pre-competition interview, overall appearance and personality.