Julia Grace Curtis was crowned the new Autumn Sweetheart Saturday night at the conclusion of the annual pageant held at the county complex auditorium.
Curtis is the twelve year old daughter of Bruce and Amy Curtis of Smithville. She succeeds the retiring Autumn Sweetheart Morgan Faith Green, the fourteen year old daughter of Suzanne and Jon Harrison of Smithville.
The beauty contest, sponsored by the Smithville Business and Professional Women's Club, featured nine contestants, ages eleven to fourteen.
First runner-up in the pageant was Brooklyn Storm Estes, the thirteen year old daughter of Chris and Shanna Bogle of Smithville.
Sarah Anne Colwell, the thirteen year old daughter of Christie and Trent Colwell of Smithville was the second runner-up.
Third runner-up went to Anna Rachel Blair, the twelve year old daughter of Keith and Amanda Blair of Smithville.
Eleven year old Payton Brook Bowman was the fourth runner-up. She is the daughter of Mike and Lisa Bowman of Smithville.
Abigail Hope Taylor was named Miss Congeniality. She is the thirteen year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville.
The other contestants were Kaitlyn Ann George of Smithville, the eleven year old daughter of Ashley and Frankie Bryant and Jeff and Kim Walls of Chapel Hill; Mary Grace King, the eleven year old daughter of Scott and Michelle King of Smithville; and Sophia Mahan, the eleven year old daughter of David and Melody Mahan of Dowelltown.
(Group Photo: left to right- Payton Brook Bowman (4th runner-up), Sarah Anne Colwell (2nd runner-up), Queen Julia Grace Curtis, Brooklynn Storm Estes (1st runner-up), and Anna Rachel Blair (3rd runner-up)