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story.lead_photo.caption Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Abigail Tilley was crowned the 2020 Decatur Colors Day queen prior to the start of the Decatur-Flippin conference contest at Peterson Gym Friday night.

DECATUR -- A hush filled Peterson Gym in Decatur Friday night during the 2020 Colors Day coronation ceremony as the crowd anticipated the crowning of the king and queen.

Earlier in the afternoon, students at Decatur Middle and High Schools gathered in Peterson Gym for the annual Colors Day pep rally and game celebration.

Kicking off the program were the Decatur cheer team and band performing the Decatur fight song, getting everyone in the Bulldog spirit. Soon afterward came the introduction of the Colors Day Court, the queen candidates and their escorts.

Vying to be the 2020 queen were Abigail Tilley, Kaylee Morales, Destiny Mejia, Kyleigh McBride and Paige Barrett. Vying for king were Jose Rubi, Bryson Funk, Adam Garcia and Tafari James. The remaining court maids included juniors Dora Hernandez and Skyler Bell, sophomore maid Jada Wilmoth and freshman maid Abbie Davis, and their escorts Kevin Garcia, Carlos Hernandez, Christian Ramirez, Konner Hunt and Enrique Rubi. After the court introductions, it was time for some fun and games.

Students from both schools, along with faculty and staff, engaged in a tug-of-war, a bathroom tissue wrap and three cream pies in a teacher's face.

Soon the Flippin Bobcats, Lady Bobcats and their fans arrived after a three-hour trip to Decatur, eager to get the boys' and girls' junior high basketball contests underway.

At 6 p.m., just before the senior boys' basketball contest, the Colors Day Court was presented to the packed crowd in Peterson Gym. Then came the announcement everybody was waiting for and the answer to the question: "Who would be the Decatur Colors Day king and queen?"

Jessica Thomas, event organizer, with the help of Tajhe Turner and Ladale Clayton, moved the court into position. Standing in the center of the court were crown bearers Adaleigh Kumbera, the daughter of Christ and Rachel Kumbera, and Jackson Clayton, son of Brad and Ladale Clayton.

First to be announced was the 2020 Colors Day king. The title went to Jose Rubi. As Rubi received his crown and scepter, Thomas prepared to announce the queen.

"And the 2020 Decatur Colors Day queen is" -- Thomas paused for a few seconds -- "Abigail Tilley."

The gym erupted in a thunderous ovation as Rubi put the crown and sash on Tilley. After a short round of photographs, it was time to play varsity basketball.

General News on 02/12/2020

Print Headline: Decatur celebrates Colors Day

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