Wadena-Deer Creek graduate and 2018 Miss Wadena Ellie Miron said handing off the crown this Sunday will be a bittersweet day for her.

While she never dreamed of getting involved in the Miss Wadena pageant, she's glad she did. She said it was her piano teacher Julia Whynott that encouraged her to get involved. She said after agreeing to be a part and being selected for the honor it's been an enjoyable ride filled with parades and community events she'd never known about before.

"A lot of parades, breakfasts, community meals," Miron said. "Just a lot of fun. It's definitely a good experience and I'm glad I did it."

The 2018 graduate has been attending classes at the University of Jamestown, where she studies biology. She's still not sure where that might take her.

Miron said it's the people skills that she took from Miss Wadena that mattered most.

"I learned so many people skills that will help me throughout life," she said.

While she's close to handing off the crown, Miron still has a busy event coming up on Sunday when the next Miss Wadena is crowned. Look for Miron, who will be joining in a dance, playing songs and singing for the crowds that attend. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the pageant set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School gym.