BUCYRUS -- Six girls will vie for the title of Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival Queen to be decided this week. They include Elizabeth Rene Brown, Hope Sharp, Emily Chavatzas, Sarah Beck, Emily Rudd and Desiree Sharp.

The Queens Pageant will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. on the Rensselaer St. Stage. Here is a closer look at this year's queen candidates:

Elizabeth Rene Brown

Elizabeth Rene Brown is the daughter of Ryan and Julia Brown. She has one brother, Anthony Brown. Elizabeth has traveled to Florida, Montana, Washington D.C., Virgina, Tennessee, and Wyoming. She is a member of Scioto Methodist Church and fed the hungry on thanksgiving. In school, Elizabeth is a cheerleader for football and basketball and also does competition cheerleading.

She plays softball, and is Vice President of FCCLA. In her spare time, she enjoys tumbling, reading, fishing, working out, organizing, drawing, painting, socializing, playing piano, singing, and spending time with grandparents. In the community, Elizabeth went to the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus and helped feed the families staying in the home.

She has helped collect socks and make pillow cases for nursing home residents. She worked with handicapped adults at Fairway. On Elizabeth’s 7th birthday instead of receiving gifts for herself, she asked for a donation of items for military serving in Qatar, while her father was deployed there. She volunteered to help serve dinner to Colonel Crawford Alumni.

After high school, Elizabeth wants to attend The Ohio State University and go into the medical field and plans to be a doctor. Elizabeth wishes to be Bratwurst Festival Queen because she would like to represent her family and her hometown. While visiting other communities, she would enjoy learning about them as well. Since she saw her first Bratwurst Festival Pageant, she's always wanted to run and be a role model for little girls like the court girls were for her.

Hope Sharp

Hope Sharp is the daughter of Brad and Kristie Sharp. She has two sisters, Desiree and Megan Sharp. Hope has traveled all over Ohio and into Pennsylvania to represent her community festivals. Hope has also traveled to Mexico.

Hope is an active member of Young Life and volunteers with the Crawford County program often. In school, Hope is involved in FCCLA, swimming, Young Life, softball, Leo Club, and Academic Challenge. In her spare time, Hope loves to travel, read, and showing her animals at the Crawford County Fair.

In the community, Hope volunteers at the nature center, her 4-H club, and FCCLA where she traveled to the Ronald McDonald House to help serve the families. Hope plans to use her Junior and Senior year of High School to earn her Associates Degree in Science Medicine from North Central State College.

After high school, she would love to attend The Ohio State University to become a Pediatric Oncologist. Hope would wish to be Bratwurst Festival Queen because her previous experience in pageantry made her want another chance to represent her home town and educate others about the community and its traditions.

Emily Chavatzas

Emily Chavatzas is the daughter of John and Kimberly Chavatzas. She has one brother, Jacob Chavatzas. Emily has traveled to Belize, Roatan, Cozumel, New Orleans, Chicago, Florida, Toronto Canada, and Greece. Emily is a Greek Dancer for Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

In school, Emily is involved in marching band, basketball, and played volleyball. In her spare time, Emily enjoys hiking, listening to music and spending time with her grandparents and dogs. In the community, Emily has assisted during community service day at Pioneer Career and Technology Center.

Emily was recently sworn in to the United States Army National Guard. After High School, Emily will be a Private in the Army National Guard and would like to switch to active duty after college. She would like to attend Tiffin University for Criminal Justice, and get a minor in Psychology. Emily would then want to attend the police academy and move back to Bucyrus and work for the Bucyrus Police Department.

Emily wishes to be Queen because running for Queen is something out of her comfort zone. She wanted to push herself to try something that she normally would not do. She hopes to be a role model to younger girls hoping they will push themselves to try new things. 

Sarah Beck

Sarah Beck is the daughter of Clifford and Rami Beck. She has one brother, Isaac Beck, and one sister, Sophia Beck. Sarah has traveled all over the east coast and the state of Ohio. She also traveled to England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Lichtenstein, Italy, and Germany. Sarah is a member of Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Bucyrus.

She is actively involved in youth group and teaches children's church every other week. Sarah is involved in marching, concert, pep, and jazz band at her school. Sarah is a member of Tri-M and plays softball and does weightlifting. Sarah is a 9-year member of Girl Scouts.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, cooking, and playing her trumpet. Sarah also plays soccer in the Bucyrus Area Youth Soccer program. Sarah is a member of the Girl Scout Delegate Advisory Council for the State of Ohio and is also the only girl delegate for Crawford County. Sarah helps with Safety Town every year.

In high school, Sarah plans on taking college credit classes. After high school, she wants to attend college to be an Early Childhood Education teacher. Sarah wishes to be the Bratwurst Festival Queen because it would mean a lot to her because her mother ran, and she wants to keep the tradition. She takes pride in our festival and wants to show more support. Sarah would love to travel and so she can learn more and meet new people.

Emily Rudd 

Emily Rudd is the Daughter of Matt and Kim Rudd. Emily has one sister, Sara Wheeler. Emily has traveled to Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Nevada, and all throughout Ohio.

Emily is a member of the Bucyrus Church of the Nazarene and a Celebrate Recovery kid’s place leader. Emily attends Wynford High School and is involved in National Honor Society, student council, FFA officer team, varsity golf, Interact and Spanish club.

In her spare time, Emily is involved in showing livestock at the Crawford County Fair. She is a member of Junior Fair Board, and Sulphur Springs 4-H club, and is a 4-H Camp counselor. Emily also enjoys playing golf and spending time with her family and friends.

In the community, Emily is involved in recycling, working the blood mobile, she rings the bell for the Salvation Army, and works for Mark's Homemade Ice Cream.

After graduating high school, Emily wants to attend college to major in animal science, pre-vet and would love to compete to play college golf. Emily wishes to be Bratwurst Festival Queen because she enjoys the small town feeling of being in a close-knit community.

She would be honored to represent and promote our festival, so others can get a glimpse of our great town and festival. She would also like to follow in her older sister's footsteps as she was the 2005 Bratwurst Festival Queen. Emily has always looked up to her sister and enjoyed attending festivals with her and watching her spread the word of our special festival.

Desiree Sharp 

Desiree Sharp is the daughter of Brad and Kristie Sharp. She has two sisters, Hope and Megan Sharp. Desiree has traveled to New York, Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Tennessee, Minnesota, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania.

Desiree is a member of the Church of Christ and Christian Union where she ran church nursery on Sunday mornings and helped with youth classes Sunday nights. At Conel Crawford High School Desiree was involved in National Honor Society, student council, class secretary, Leo club secretary, FCCLA, elementary mentoring, varsity cheerleading for football and basketball, varsity softball, and was a college credit plus student.

In her spare time Desiree enjoys traveling, volunteering, babysitting, 4-H Club where she was president and loves working at the Galion Veterinary Hospital. In the community, Desiree is involved in the toy drive for Nationwide Children's Hospital, helps with Ronald McDonald House Charities, helps with the American Red Cross blood drive where she organized and ran a blood drive over the summer at Colonel Crawford High School.

Desiree also volunteers at Lowe-Volk Park, Adopt-A-Family, Operation Shoebox Christmas, Hurricane Relief Drive, Peanut butter for Haiti Drive, collected items for nursing home residents, assembled valentines cards for nursing home residents, various school service projects for local families in need, various projects with Colonel Crawford Leo and Lions Clubs, various 4-H community service projects.

This fall, Desiree is attending Marion Technical College to study Nursing. Upon graduating from the Registered Nursing Program in two years, she will attend Ashland University to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Desiree wishes to become Bratwurst Festival Queen because growing up as a child, every year she would attend the Queens pageant during the first night of the Bratwurst Festival and watch a new queen be crowned.

From the moment the crown and sash were placed on the queen, she would then look up to her, watching the Queens every move while wanting to be just like her. Throughout the last four years of high school, Desiree has been a leader and a role model for younger children in her community. With the title of Bratwurst Festival Queen, she would be able to become a positive role model in a different way than she has been before.

She would love for another opportunity to proudly serve her community and travel to share with individuals outside her community on why she loves Bucyrus, the small yet unique Bratwurst Capital. For her, being the Bratwurst Festival Queen has been a dream since she was a small child. In 2016, she had the amazing opportunity of being the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival Queen First Attendant, during her reign,

Desiree was able to travel all over the great state of Ohio sharing the beauty of our small town. Yet, she had not accomplished her goal of being queen and she enjoyed her reign and duties so much that she made the decision to run for the title of Queen once again. She would love to once again be an ambassador for the town that she calls home and the festival that is loved by all.

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