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The first parade for the 2013-14 court was Hudson's Booster Days parade on Saturday. From the left in front are Princesses Emily Holman, Chelsea Bates and Josie Gall. In the back is Miss Hudson Bethany Klanderman.

Hudson Royalty crowned and on the road

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A crowd gathered in the Hudson High School Auditorium on Wednesday, July 3, for the annual Miss Hudson Pageant.

A version of this pageant has taken place for over six decades beginning in 1949. In the years since there have been only three times the pageant was not held, 1952, 1953 and 1969. The tradition continues with the theme An Evening of Elegance... A Lifetime of Excellence. Cheri Buelow was the emcee and welcomed the audience with a song.


Eleven candidates vied for the honor of serving as the City of Hudson's goodwill ambassadors for the next year. One queen and four princesses were selected by a panel of three judges.

Before the final deliberation, candidates had to share a favorite quote including why it was important to them and answer a candid question. Quotes from Helen Keller, anonymous, Ellen DeGenres, Dr. Suess and Maya Angelou were among those selected.

Visiting Royalty from North Hudson, Hammond, Roberts, River Falls, Baldwin, Woodville and Elmwood were in the 'Sparkle' section of the audience.

Entertainment was provided by the Hudson Dance Academy while the judges made their final decision.

In one of the traditions of the evening, the 2012 Court share their farewell wishes.

Emily Holman, daughter of Ken and Rose Holman was the first princess crowned. She plans to attend college to become a graphic designer with a minor in psychology. She is active in the Chanteuse choir and will be a stage manager for Hudson High School fall musical. Other activities include Youth Action Hudson, Teens Encounter Christ, working at MaMa Marias and AP Art classes.

She hopes to be a role model for younger people in the community through her positive actions and decisions. As a member of the court Holman would like to be more involved with the community, meet new people and make lasting friendships.

Chelsea Bates, the daughter or Ron and Paula Bates, was the second princess crowned. She plans go to college and go into a medical field.

Bates is active in Students Against Destructive Decisions, Athletes Making Progress, Varsity Hockey, track, student mentors and is a volleyball manager. She also volunteers at Thunder Willow Community Arts and works as a cook at Willow River-Carbones.

She wanted to be a part of the Hudson Royalty because it would give her a opportunity to be a positive role model, volunteer where needed and be a part of helping build and strengthen her community.

Josie Gall, daughter of Greg and Renee Gall, was the third princess crowned. She is already working towards her career in nursing by becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant. Gall hopes to earn her RN at UM-Duluth.

She is the 2013 president of Students against Destructive Decisions, is active in Teens Encounter Christ and volunteers at Christian Community Home. Bates also works at Hudson Dairy Queen.

By being a member of the court, Gall hopes to give back to the Hudson community by being a positive role model. She is looking forward to meeting courts from other communities.

Bethany Klanderman, daughter of Mark and Cheryl Klanderman, was crowned Miss Hudson. She plans to attend UW-River Falls to study animal science. After which, she would like to work as a veterinarian technician.

She is also involved in many activities including Peer Helpers, choir, the fall HHS musicals and church.

Klanderman wanted to be Miss Hudson because she has lived in Hudson her whole life and wants to be a role model to all the children of the community. She also wanted to get to know surrounding areas and believes the Miss Hudson is an opportunity that no girl should pass up.

The evening concluded and the new court made their way to opening night of Booster Days.