As over 700 people looked on, Sunday August 3 rd, 18-year-old Dianne Vaughan was crowned “Miss Almonte 1975” . Dianne, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Vaughan, was chosen from eleven other contestants in the pageant which kicked off the week-long celebrations of Almonte ’75 “Old Home Week “. Blonde haired and blue eyed, Dianne is working this summer as a playground supervisor in Almonte and will be returning to Almonte High School as a grade thirteen student in September. The competition, which was held in the arena, was emceed by Shelley Emmond of CFRA Radio who did an excellent job despite problems with the sound system .
Entertainment was provided by Linda Vaughan (Miss Almonte 1974) and Cynthia Gunn, who presented vocal selections. They were plagued by more trouble with the sound system . The highpoint of the evening came with Dianne being named “Miss Almonte ’75” ; first runner-up being Debbie Merrithew , a 17-year-old ADHS student, and second runner-up was 20-year-old Anna Beckman, a dental assistant in Almonte.
The other girls who competed for the title were Karen Maynard , Heather Cochrane , Andrea Gilmour, Mary Anne Dunn, Angela Gosset, Julie Carroll, Franny Scissons and Angela Scott. Over $1,000 cash and prizes were distributed among all the girls, with Dianne’s prizes including luggage, a gold watch, jewellery , a lamp , a record player, gift certificates and cash prizes. Judges for the very difficult task of choosing Miss A lmonte and her runners-up were Mr. and Mrs. Doug Wiseman; Miss Eastern Ontario, Karen Barclay; and Pat and Walter Trenholme, Civitan Governor of Canada District East. Dianne will represent Almonte in the Miss Eastern Ontario Pageant at Perth in March.