The winner of the Miss Merry Christmas contest, sponsored by the Miami Hi-Noon Business and Professional Women, was announced Friday.

Sierra Moates, 8, of Baxter Springs, Kan., was crowned in a ceremony at Security Bank.

The crowning was unusual because it was conducted by her mother, Amber Moates, the original Miss Merry Christmas, crowned 20 years ago.

“It was neat,” Amber Moates said. “It was very rewarding and very nerve-wracking too.”

Amber Moates' mother, Brenda Rogers, helped raise the more than $1,200 that won Sierra Moates the title.

They spent several days selling tickets in front of the Wal-Mart in Miami and in Baxter Springs.

Amber Moates came to the ceremony carrying the crown she received as the first winner.

“We didn't know if Sierra was going to win, but I was giving my crown to the winner whoever it was,” Amber Moates said. “It would have been a little disappointing if she didn't win. It would have been a life lesson. I still would have been proud of her.

Other competitors in Miss Merry Christmas were Dreu Perry, first place; Arianna Rodriguez, second place, and Victoria Lasalier, Isabella Morris, Pahlio Nava and Marisa Stott.

Sierra Moates, Perry and Rodriguez, rode in a float in the Miami Christmas parade Saturday.

Proceeds from the Miss Merry Christmas contest go toward scholarships given by the Hi-Noon Business and Professional Women to unusual students attending Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami.