Janalynn Anderson, Bluffdale, was crowned queen for the 1991 Days of '47 festivities after a daylong pageant with 60 other Utah women Saturday.
First attendant is Marisa Jill Whittaker, Kimberly, Idaho; and second attendant is Jody Christianson, Sandy.Anderson is the daughter of Bess and Scott Anderson and is planning to attend the University of Utah to complete her studies in music. According to Anderson, the best thing about the pageant was "the incredible girls and just the nature of the pageant. They placed emphasis on high morals."
The trio will reign over all Days of '47 activities, including the Days of '47 Rodeo, parade and square dance as well as several public speaking appearances. The pageant was held at the Sons of Utah Pioneers Building, 3301 E. 2920 South.
Contestants are judged on a point system that rates personal appearance, walk and carriage, poise, beauty and charm, ease and composure on stage and the ability to answer a question in front of an audience. Contestants must also be between the ages of 18 and 25 and have an ancestor who entered the Salt Lake Valley before the railroad on May 10, 1869.
The ideal queen "shows from the inside and the outside her poise and beauty," said Virginia Boogert, pageant chairwoman.
The competition began Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. with 4-minute personal interview with one of five judges. Each contestant modeled her Sunday-best dress while Grand Master of Ceremonies, Ned Winder, described each girl, her activities and her accomplishments. Each contestant was then asked to relate an experience that was interesting, meaningful, exciting or embarrassing. The responses ranged from being caught singing in the shower to experiencing what their ancestors went through on an LDS Church-sponsored Pioneer Trek.
The contestant pool was narrowed down to 10 who were then asked what makes Utah a special place for them. The judges then made their final decision.