2019 Founder’s Day and Beauty Pageant

The City of Belleview was founded in 1885 around Nine Mile Pond, which today is known as Lake Lillian. Nine Mile Pond received its name because it was a pond nine miles away from the larger settlement of Ocala. On May 4, 2019 Belleview Celebrated its Birthday and held the annual Belleview Founder’s Day Beauty Pageant at Lake Lillian. This event was hosted by the Belleview/South Marion Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to our Founders Day Chairpersons, Cristy Shihinski and Chester Anderson, they spent months working and planning this event!

During the Founder’s Day Celebration, the annual pageant was held. Girls and young women from infant to 21 years old and boys from infant to 4 years old participated in the pageant. Miss Belleview received her crown and a $200 cash prize.

2019 Belleview Founder’s Day Pageant Winners:

Baby Miss Belleview

Winner: Melody King

1st Runner Up: Braelynn Ristow

Baby Mr. Belleview

Winner: Jackson White

Tiny Miss Belleview

Winner: Mabry Ewart

Tiny Mr. Belleview

Winner: Princeton Pitchford

Toddler Miss Belleview

Winner: Tinlee Lewis

1st Runner Up: Jenahe Hedges

2nd Runner Up: Gabriella Hoagland

Little Miss Belleview

Winner: Tori Boynton

1st Runner Up: Paislee Lewis

2nd Runner Up: Genevieve Davis

Young Miss Belleview

Winner: Alexis Richards

1st Runner Up: Jordyn Fortune

2nd Runner Up: Kadence Bowers

Junior Miss Belleview

Winner: Victoria Richards

1st Runner Up: Tied  Abrial Grace Diesso and Addison Boynton

2nd Runner Up: Joy Richards

Teen Miss Belleview

Winner: Sierra Townley

1st Runner Up: Kendra Boynton

Miss Belleview

Winner: Victoria Bonchett


We would like to thank our vendors that came out and supported us. We truly hope you had a great experience and we would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming events. We value your opinion and would love to hear any feedback you may have for us. Please email us at belleviewchamber@gmail.com. To our pageant parents, you guys are truly amazing, and we loved working with you and your daughters/sons. It was a blessing and we look forward to next year!

The Belleview/South Marion Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our Platinum Sponsors for your dedicated support: GraphicTEN Web Design, Ocala Star Banner, CM PC Repair, Letz Get Jumpin, LLC, FixIT Tek, Highline Graphix, E.A.D. Elevations Academy of Dance, Patricia Lepore, CB, EA Complete Accounting Services, and Tobacco Free Partnership of Marion County,

A special thank you goes out to our Event Sponsors: E.A.D. Elevations Academy of Dance & CM PC Repair for sponsoring the $200 cash prize for Miss Belleview, St. Theresa Catholic Church for your monetary contribution, Feathered Nest for providing rooms for contestants to change and get ready before the Pageant, Signs Plus for the screen printed sashes, Florida Kids Helping Kids for loaning us the stage and golf cart to transport the contestants to the stage, James Hanshaw with AT&T for chauffeuring the contestants to and from the pageant stage, His Palms of Paradise Plant Nursery & Firewood for providing beautiful plants for the stage, and Harvey Mobile Home, Inc for providing the stairs for the stage. Without the support of our sponsors we would not be successful.

A huge thanks to Kelsey Robinson Hughes for your help with running the Pageant and making sure everything ran smoothly. Our judges Tammy Slay Erker, Aubrey Reyes, and Carolyn Ruhe, did a phenomenal job! Thank you!

Our student volunteers spent the day running around helping to set up tents, move tables, setting up the stage, clean up, and anything we asked of them. Thank you John M. Shihinski, Nick Constable, Lainie Sayers, and the students at E.A.D. Elevations Academy of Dance.

These individuals went above and beyond with making sure everything was set up, cleaned, and listening to our event coordinators order them around with last minute tasks: Michael Shihinski, Luis Benitez, E.A.D. Elevations Academy of Dance, Chloe Bellomo (she took amazing photos), and John Shihinski.

Thank you to the town of Belleview for another successful event! We hope to see everyone again soon at our upcoming events. Stay up-to-date with our events at: https://bsmcc.org/events/

Upcoming Events

  1. Monthly Member Breakfast September 2019

    September 10 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  2. Fall Festival 2019

    September 28 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  3. Monthly Member Breakfast October 2019

    October 8 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  4. Monthly Member Breakfast November 2019

    November 12 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  5. Monthly Member Breakfast December 2019

    December 10 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Featured Partners

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CM PC Repair Logo
Letz Get Jumpin LLC Logo
FixIT Tek Belleview Logo
Highline Graphix Logo
Elevations Academy of Dance Logo
Patricia J Lepore Logo
Tobacco Free Partnership of Marion County Logo

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