Four young ladies will compete Friday evening for the title of Miss Route 66 and Miss Summerfest during the 23rd Annual Route 66 Summerfest celebration. Meet pageant scholarship contestant Sierra Lauth.

Four young ladies will compete Friday evening for the title of Miss Route 66 and Miss Summerfest during the 23rd Annual Route 66 Summerfest celebration. Last year’s winners, Marissa McCall and Gabrielle Townley, will crown the new Miss Route 66 and Miss Summerfest at the Rolla Downtown Bandshell located on the corner of 9th and Oak Streets. Along with various gifts, Miss Summerfest will receive a $500 scholarship and Miss Route 66 will receive a $750 scholarship. These scholarships have been provided with the support of Brewer Science, Metro Business College, Phelps County Bank, Brant Shockley Attorney at Law, NaCi+H2O Seafood Cuisine, and DisOrderly Conduct.

Contestant #3 - Sierra Lauth is the 18 year old daughter of Marsha Lauth. She graduated from Rolla High School. Following her graduation, she plans to attend the Missouri University of Science and Technology to major in chemical engineering, with a minor in music. Sierra is extremely involved with her church where she is on the youth praise and worship team and has advanced to nationals three times with her vocal solo. This will be her first year taking a classical solo routine. She assists her mom with honor stars for girls ministry at Rolla First Assembly of God. Sierra states, “Love God, love people. Focus first on loving God and allow his love to follow through to others.” She believes you should love God and others before you focus on the rest of your life, because without God and the help of others, we wouldn’t be molded into the people we are today.

Friday’s festivities, start at 4 p.m., with a classic car display at the St. James Veteran’s Home, followed by a “cruise in” to Rolla. Marissa McCall and Gabrielle Townley will arrive with the contestants during this parade of vintage vehicles before the pageant kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Contestants will be interviewed Thursday afternoon and be judged on public speaking, formal wear, and on stage questions Friday evening.  
This annual June event originally began to promote downtown Rolla, however, it has evolved into an area wide celebration for all ages to promote old Route 66 and the beginning of summer. For more information and a full listing of events visit the Summerfest website at www.route66summerfest.com.