For the first time in pageant history, the first and second runners-up are twin sisters. First runner-up is Katherine Ragon and second runner-up is Tabitha Ragon, 18-year-old daughters of Zane and Valerie Ragon and seniors at EPCHS. Ten women competed for the title, judged on poise, personality, appearance and the answer to a final question.
Lakin Smith from East Peoria is the 2013 Festival of Lights Queen.
Smith and the Ragon sisters will ride on a float in the Parade of Lights on Nov. 23. Smith will reign over festival activities, appear at community events and crown the 2014 Festival of Lights queen.