The winner of the homecoming queen Independence Day competition to raise money for Pottstown's celebration is a hometown girl.
Pottstown High School's Megan Remick is 2014's Fourth of July Queen after raising $5,174.37 toward festivities in town, which she hopes will include fireworks again.
'It was amazing,' she said. 'What is the Fourth of July without fireworks? We're hoping to bring them back, so I definitely tried my hardest.'
Being the champion and hailing from the town the parade rolls through isn't lost on Remick.
'It's an awesome experience,' she said. 'I'm just hoping to give Pottstown a positive energy.'
Remick went to many different businesses in town and got donations and also placed cans for donations at multiple points, she said. Several different restaurants in town also held special fundraising nights, which Remick helped set up.
'The town was so grateful,' Remick said. 'Once you say, 'fireworks,' they say, 'How can I help? What can I do?' It's awesome.'
Boyertown Area High School's Danielle Croner, Owen J. Roberts High School's Sarah Moloney and Pottsgrove High School's Dana Landes also competed for the title and helped raise money for the annual event.
'Independence Day (Ltd.) would like to thank the schools for their support and participation in this year's contest,' said Marcia Levengood, who ran the queens competition. 'The queens, as a team, raised $7,866.87, which will be used for the Fourth of July festivities in Pottstown.'
The festivities will include a 5K race and parade down High Street on Friday. The Independence Day committee is hoping to raise enough money through this year's events to bring back fireworks next year.
Levengood said four is the largest number of queens who have competed for the title since St. Pius X closed its doors. It's the first year a contestant from Boyertown was included.
All four will be riding in Friday's parade.
Commemorative hat unveiledAnother Pottstown Fourth of July tradition is slated to return.
For $10, those at the parade Friday morning will be able to get this year's edition of the Pottstown Fourth of July baseball cap.
Featuring a camouflage pattern, the hat has a logo on the front with a flag and a cannon at its center with 'July 4th, 2014, Pottstown' around it.
The hats are one-size-fits-all featuring an adjustable band in back.
Organizers expect to sell out of the hats, as they did last year, but an ordering system is expected to come along after Friday. The details of that have not yet been worked out.