A Festival in Louisiana wouldn’t be complete without a Queen and her court.
For 62 years, the Natchitoches Christmas Festival has been honored with a host of beauties to represent the community. The title of “Miss Merry Christmas” is awarded to a local senior enrolled in a Natchitoches Parish school.
Kerrie Spillman, the daughter of Amelia and Damien Spillman, was crowned Miss Merry Christmas in September. A senior at Natchitoches Central High School, she becomes the 62nd beauty to wear the Miss Merry Christmas crown.
Her crown comes on the 20-year anniversary of her aunt, Julie Higginbotham, winning the title and the 25th anniversary of her mother serving as a Christmas Belle. Co-captain of the NCHS Maroon Line, she has been involved in dance since she was four. She participates in Natchitoches Parish talent programs and she and her family attend Westside Baptist Church.She plans on attending Northwestern State in the fall.
In addition to the Miss Merry Christmas and the Christmas Belles being selected, there was also a pageant for Christmas Angels. The Christmas Angel designation is for students in pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade. The Queen is joined by her “Christmas Belles.” Together, they represent the Festival not only during the holiday season, but also at events and other festivals around the state.
They serve throughout the holiday season as ambassadors for the Festival of Lights, serving and helping to promote its activities. The Miss Merry Christmas contestants competed in scholastic achievement, interview, eveningwear and onstage questioning.