PALMETTO -- On her way to the stage Sunday for the Girls Age 2-3 division of the Manatee County Fair Pageant, Shanice Youmans asked her grandmother, Donna Burton: "Can I hold my trophy now, me-maw-maw?"
"You haven't won it yet," a giggling Burton informed her granddaughter.
About 30 minutes later, Shanice hoisted the overall winner trophy over her head as if she knew all along it would be hers. The crowd cheered.
"She was here two years ago and took third runner-up," said Crystal Youmans, Shanice's mother.
Shanice, who finished ahead of Marlee Jones and Aisy Diamond, was one of the highlights of the 2014 Manatee County Pageant and Baby Contest where 75 entrants competed in numerous categories at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto.
The 98th Manatee County Fair continues Monday on the Martin Luther King holiday, with all children and students with a school ID getting in free when gates open at noon up until 3 p.m. The fair closes at 9 p.m.
Mini Miss and Little Miss Manatee County Fair titles were also awarded Sunday.
Mini Miss, ages 7-9, went to Brooke Breton.
Little Miss, ages 10-12, went to Ja
Brooke and Jalyn will join Bailey Mosley, the 2014 Miss Manatee County Fair, and Beth Ciemniecki, 2014 Junior Miss, in representing the fair throughout the coming year.
The judges were evidently impressed by Brooke and her radiant demeanor. She won best attire, best smile, prettiest eyes and most photogenic.
Close behind Brooke in the Mini Miss bracket were Brooke Strickland, Haily Rizza, Jacqueline Sanchez and Karry Branch.
Jalyn was judged most photogenic in a competitive Little Miss class. She was followed by Rayla Fisher, Jade Simons, Rachael Tomasso and Josephine Hoffner.
Rachael Tomasso won best smile and best hair,
Prettiest eyes went to Jade Simons. Beauty and attire went to Josephine Hoffner.
Addison Cherry took the victory in the Baby Girls Under Age 1 category.
First runner-up was Kinley Albritton and second runner-up was Vanessa Valle.
"She's very happy and outgoing," Manatee High School 2000 graduate Heather Cherry, Addison's mom, said of her 8- month-old daughter.
Addison apparently looks just like her dad, Joe Cherry, whose parents, Joe and JoAnn, own C.J. Central Vacuum in Bradenton.
Joe Cherry works in the family business while Heather Cherry is a teacher at Ballard Elementary.
"I think she's the first Cherry to ever win a pageant," said Joe Cherry.
"We'll have to start building a trophy case for her," said Dave Ash, Addison's grandfather.
Edward Alvarez won Babys Boy Under Age 1 followed by Graham Murrell and Carter Coleman.
Maci Lynn Osment won Girls Age 1-2, scoring prettiest eyes and best attire along the way.
"We're very proud," said grandmother Kathy Osment.
Maci, a friendly girl who loves everyone, was rooted on by parents, Josh and Ashley, and her sister, Nevaeh, 10.
Camryn Lynch and Liberty Jeffries were runner-ups to Maci.
Andrew Winheim, who won last year in Baby Boys Under Age 1, came back to win Boys Age 1-2 Sunday.
Andrew scored prettiest eyes and hair and most photogenic. He was followed by Weston Marello and Jacob Diamond.
Jaiden Lipsey won Girls Age 4-6 followed by Emilie Roach, Morgan Brouwer, Austen Bergbom and Ava Marie Gavia.
The most heartwarming story of the day belonged to Emilie Roach, 6, who not only had her mother, Vanessa Lucciola and other family members rooting for her, but also her teacher, Kelly Roedel of B.D. Gullett Elementary.
"I wanted to support her," Roedel said of Emilie, who finished first runner-up in Girls Age 4-6.
Dog show produces winners
Best in Show went to Melissa Katzenberger and her dog, Bullet, a Papillon, in the 2014 Manatee County Fair Dog Show held Sunday.
Junior High Point went to Amber Massmann and her dog, Panda, a Sheltie.
Intermediate High Point was won by Katzenberger and Bullet.
Senior High Point was taken by Maddie Starowesky and her dog Ily, an Australian cattle dog mix.
There were 21 children and 25 dogs in the show, which includes agility, obedience and showmanship, said Patty Martin, co-organizational leader for K-9 Kids 4-H Club in Bradenton.
Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7072 or contact him via Twitter @ RichardDymond.