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ARLINGTON — The Miss Arlington candidates for 2019 — Kylee Anfinson, Kenna Meisgeier, Sidney Hiemes and Kalyn McTaggart — gathered in front of the Arlington Fire House around 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, excited to be only minutes away from possibly being crowned.

“It’s been a great!” said soon-to-be former Miss Arlington Reagan Janssen. “We are a close community and we’ve always been here for each other. It’s been a fun year. I know them all, since I was younger. So, whoever gets it they deserve it!”

This year’s win went to Kylee Anfinson, daughter of Jeff and Sheryl Anfinson.

Her happiness brought her to tears as she was crowned.

“Happiness,” said Kylee, when asked how it made her feel to win. “I enjoy this whole town and how everyone comes together. I’ve lived here my whole life and love everything about it.”

In speaking with the girls prior to the crowning it was clear they all had community pride and had grown up admiring all the Miss Arlingtons before them.

“When I was little, I wanted to do something like this,” said Kenna Meisgeier. “Oh, there’s Miss Arlington, she has such a pretty dress! That’s what my motivation was. I’ve been excited and looking forward to this all week long.”

Sidney Heimes said, “I remember being a little girl and watching this and thinking, ‘I can’t wait to be one of these pretty girls.’”

Runner up winner was Kalyn McTaggart, who said; “I like being around people and being in public. I want to win, but it’s not about winning so much as having the honor of representing our community.”

The Arlington Women’s Star Club has been putting this together for the past 11 years.

Miss Arlington will participate in community service and represent the city within the county at other events. They were interviewed by the judges on Sunday, June 30. And on July 2, they worked together on their float to ride during the parade.

All were happy and proud to represent Arlington and shared that it was not about winning but about being a part of their community.