The Miss Winona Program and the Winona Steamboat Days Festival Association have teamed up together again to revitalize a local favorite of year’s gone by…the Captain & Mate.
The following selected children have the honor of representing all the youth of our community during our city summer family celebration as well as throughout the year.
The 2011 Captain this year is 5 year old Jonathan McKenzie who will be a 1st grader at Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School in the fall. He is the son of Melissa Wynia and Dylan McKenzie. Jonathan enjoys playing all outside games, his STAR WARS video game and with Legos. He likes basketball and wants to become a police officer when he grows up.
Selected as Mate this year is 4 year old Kelsi Rose. She is the daughter of Melissa and Ricky Rose and will attend Goodview Elementary School in the fall. Kelsi is a 2nd generation Steamboat Days mate. Her mother Melissa was selected as a Steamboat Day’s mate back in 1989. Kelsi likes to get rides on her Dad’s motorcycle, eat Rocco’s pizza and play in her little swimming pool. In her future she wishes to become Miss Winona and then a princess.
Prior to their public capping at the Miss Winona Pageant, Jonathan and Kelsi performed a very short, little dance number along with the reigning Miss Winona, Erin Cochran and current Harbormaster Kevin Kearney. Once their talent presentation concluded, Captain Jonathan and Mate Kelsi received a personalized trophy, complimentary carnival rides and McDonald’s Happy Meals.