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Here She Comes Miss Almonte — Karen Hirst and other Notes




All Photos From Karen Hirst

Almonte has produced many Queens and Princesses over the years. We’ve had Miss Almonte contests , Prom Queens, Snow Queens and Dairy Queens to name but a few.

Hopefully those special moments will be shared with you by other winners and contestants.



All Photos From Karen Hirst


Being crowned Miss Almonte in 1968, was a wonderful experience for a young woman—required to carry out an interview, give a short public address to an unknown question, comportment judging etc…I look back and can see how these contests build confidence and are good preparation for the world beyond. From the Miss Almonte contest I was eligible to participate in the Miss Eastern Ontario event. Coming in the top 10 was a thrill and surprise beyond words !

Both Princesses in the Miss Almonte contest of 1968–Cathy Gallagher and Jo Ann Winslow-Spragge have continued through their lives to be not only beautiful but accomplished women. I think we all represented our town well then and have continued to do so. Karen Hirst



 - Almonte old home week oii to Hying start...

Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 06 Aug 1974, Tue,
  3. Page 2


 - DEMANDED TOO MUCH PERTH, Ont. (CP) .Michelle...

Clipped from

  1. The Times,
  2. 27 Aug 1976, Fri,
  3. Page 7
from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Left- Cindy Julian McIntosh and right Bonnie Johnson-Almonte Pageant Participants

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  23 Mar 1973, Fri,  Page 49


Mary Anne Harrison- I’m pretty sure about these names and it certainly looks like a Miss Almonte Pageant.

L-R Lianna Hallas, Julia Coe, Angela Gosset, Kathy Ohkie, Susan Bailey, Theresa Byrne, Angela Scott, Shirleen Sonnenberg, Frannie Scissons, Suzanne Bach.


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte




1970s Lanark County Beauty Queens

Here She Comes Miss Eastern Ontario –Photos

Miss Civitan Club 1976? Who Are These Women?