A pageant was held to select a Berges Fest Queen on Monday June 26. Mrs. W. F. Grinnan was gracious enough to donate the use of the Kendall Inn for the event. The pageant was emceed by local San Antonio on air personality Ricki Ware who continued to emcee the pageant for many years to follow.
Twenty two local girls competed in the pageant which comprised of a swim suit competition, an authentic German costume competition and a question and answer period.
Sheila Agold, Linda Bergmann, Tonia Egan, Joan Coffey, Alma Hearing, Diane Day, Jolyn Dierks, Linda Elsworth, Carolyn Ertel, Patsy Green, Patsy Jonas, Cheryl Koenig, Joy Nell LeBleu, Betty Jean Lester, Anita Lewis, Adrianne Maltsberger, Durinda Meckel, Mary Phillip, Alice Schuchardt, Patsy Traylor, Jone Werner and Laura Whitworth.
The contestants were judged on beauty, poise, personality, posture and costume. The judges for the pageant were Mrs. Wanda Ecrete (Mrs. San Antonio), Mrs. Earlene Fritz of Fredericksburg and Van Brinkerhoff of San Antonio.
The name of the winner of the pageant was withheld and announced Saturday morning at the start of the Berges Fest. U. S. Senator Ralph Yarborough crowned Miss Patsy Traylor the first Queen of the Boerne Berges Fest.
A full court was introduced for the first time in 1976 with renaming of the first and second runners up to Princess and Duchess and the inclussion of a Miss Congeniality.