BALA — Nine-year-old Lauren Williams, a Georgetown girl whose family owns a cottage at Mirror Lake outside Port Carling, won the Cran-Anne Look-Alike contest at the Bala Cranberry Festival.
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES WINNER.
Nine-year-old Lauren Williams of Georgetown won the Cran-Anne Look-Alike contest at the Bala Cranberry Festival Oct. 13. Judges said they felt as if they were talking to the red-headed orphan Anne from the popular book by L.M. Montgomery.
Lauren, a Grade 4 student at St. Brigid Catholic School in Georgetown, “wowed” the judges with her knowledge of L.M. Montgomery’s famous book Anne of Green Gables, says Bala’s town librarian Mari Carson, who has helped judge the contest since it began 12 years ago.
Carson says she and Jennifer Burrows, the second judge, felt as if they were talking to Anne, the redheaded heroine of Montgomery’s book.
“Laura is an outgoing girl who other people like instantly. We felt as if we had known her forever.”
Carson said they were also touched when Lauren told them why she related to the redheaded orphan Anne in a special way. She said her mother, Susan Williams, died just before last Christmas after a six-year battle with breast cancer and that her father died several years ago.
“Her reply brought us close to tears,” said Carson.
Jack and Linda Hutton, owners of Bala’s Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery, said the choice of Lauren as winner was perfect.
“Everyone felt moved after hearing how Lauren related to Anne Shirley,” said Linda Hutton.
The Huttons were relieved that rain held off until the contest ended early Saturday afternoon. That allowed contestants to be brought outside to be introduced to a small crowd, which had waited patiently to hear the results. The contest has been a popular annual event since 2000.