MINSTER — Ten area girls competed to represent their hometown, with a Minster High School junior being chosen as Miss Oktoberfest during the annual competition held Saturday afternoon.
Hannah Butler, the daughter of Pat and Becky Butler, represented Stroh, Johnson and Company in the 2011 Miss Oktoberfest competition, beating out nine other girls for the title.
“I’m so excited,” Butler said after being announced the winner. “Everyone has been so great, and I’m just really honored to be chosen.”
She added she enjoyed the entire competition experience.
“I’m so excited,” she said. “It’s an awe-inspring experience. It’s really surreal.”
Alisha Monnin, a junior at Minster High School and the daughter of Jeff and Beth Monnin, represented Gossman Pools, and she came away with the title of first runner-up. Samantha Forsthoefel, a junior at Minster High School and the daughter of Kurt and Carol Forsthoefel, won the title of second runner-up.
The three were part of the five finalists announced during the second half of the competition. The other two finalists included Megan Hannenkratt, a senior at Minster High School and the daughter of Mike and Myra Hannenkratt, who represented Minster Eagles No. 1391, and Rachel Cull, a junior at Minster High School and the daughter of Brad and Julie Cull, who represented Cool Juice Beverage Company.
The five also competed against Megan Timmerman, a senior at Minster High School and the daughter of Pat and Diane Timmerman, who represented Knights of Columbus No. 2158, Theresa Barhorst, a junior at Minster High School and the daughter of Joseph Barhorst and Marilyn Brockman, who represented Stitch and Snack 4-H Club, Lauren Jutte, a senior at Minster High School and the daughter of Doug and Denise Jutte, who represented Tastee Treat, Kaitlan Oldiges, a junior at Minster High School and the daughter of Andy and Dawn Oldiges, who represented Stoner Photography, and Courtney Beck, a senior at Minster High School and the daughter of Tim and Deb Beck, who represented Prenger Implement.
Master of Ceremonies Renee Arnold began the competition by asking each contestant to name her personal hero and explain why that person is her personal hero, and then she asked the contestant a question the contestant picked out of a basket.
Once judges Jackie Bornhorst, Theresa Newbright, Amy Gleason and Jim Fullenkamp narrowed the group down to the five finalists, Arnold asked each finalist what impact she thought social media has on society.
The judges then announced the finalists and the 2011 Miss Oktoberfest.
Also making an appearance during the competition was the 2010 Miss Oktoberfest, Morgan Prenger, who is a freshman at the University of Cincinnati.
“I would like to say thank you to the community,” Prenger told the crowd. “It was awesome to represent you last year as your Oktoberfest queen.”