Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

July 7, 2014

Mystic's 4th celebration on the 5th

By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — MYSTIC — A bit of unusual news came out of Mystic Saturday.

Not a single woman between the ages of 17 and 21 entered the Miss Mystic queen contest during Mystic's annual fourth of July celebration Saturday.

One organizer said they decided to allow Miss Mystic 2013, Saharra Conkity, to reign an additional year.

It was a full day of activities Saturday, July 5 in Mystic during the city's fourth of July celebration.

The rain early Saturday gave way to partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. The morning's early chill turned to a warm summer afternoon.

The activities began at a 10 a.m. at the city park pavilion with a cutie contest for children up to the age of 5.

Judging the contest were Conkity, Mrs. Iowa United States 2014 Sheila Kauzlarich and Miss Mystic of 2011 Joslyn Henderson.

Queen contestants for Princess, Junior Teen and Teen entered the pavilion for introductions at 11:30 a.m.

That was followed by one of the highlights of the day, the parade down Mystic's Main Street. The nine minute parade featured trucks, floats, politicians and tossed candy.

Perhaps the second highlight of the day was the goat races. Children and adults paid $5 each to run with a goat led by a leash one block down Mystic's Main Street.

Princess, Junior Teen and Teen contestants were crowned next. Mystic's Miss was not crowned for 2014 because there were no contestants.

Entertainment on the main stage was followed by fireworks at dusk.