ROUSES POINT - Although surprised, a flattered Kelly Penfield accepted the role of being the second Mystery Girl in the village of Rouses Point - with 59 out of 130 people guessing her identity.
Residents Geri Favreau and Mary Racicot teamed up with the North Countryman last month to give the people of the village something to talk about.
"We think it went very well because it caused some excitement in the village and people, they talked about it a lot," said Favreau of the contest. "We had a lot of guesses. Right ones and wrong ones."
Penfield was asked to be Mystery Girl because she is a Rouses Point native and many people know of her.
"The village has changed a lot in 50 years," explained Favreau. "Everybody kind of knew each other more back in those days than they do now. So, we wanted to find somebody that people knew."
"My most recent involvement would be being a member of the village board ... for the last eight years," said Penfield. "I tried being active through that with committees and so on."
Fifty years ago, the village had another contest for the Mystery Girl during the first Fourth of July celebration. Then, a 14-year-old Beverly Barcomb LaFountain was selected as the Mystery Girl.
LaFountain was approached again this year, but instead she was asked to crown the new Mystery Girl and ride along with Penfield during the village's parade July 5.
"I didn't realize it was 50 years," laughed LaFountain.
During the unveiling ceremony at the Rouses Point Volunteer Fire Department July 3, Racicot and Favreau asked the Mystery Girl to come forward from the audience to reveal herself to the village.
When Penfield came forward, LaFountain was there, wearing her crown from her unveiling ceremony in 1959, and crowned Penfield with a new crown.
Then, Penfield picked a name from the 59 correct answers for the contest to announce Melinda Weiss of Rouses Point as the winner.
"I thought it was neat," said Weiss of the contest. "I think it is something that they should do every year."
Weiss, who is also a native of Rouses Point guessed the Mystery Girl's identity after the first clue was announced to be "On the streets she often walks, always taking time to stop and talk."
"I always see her walking," explained Weiss, who cast her vote at Angelo's Restaurant.
As the winner, Weiss received many goodies from the Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society, including the society's Quadricentennial pin, T-shirt and calendar.
"I'm so glad that so many people really became interested in it," said Penfield. "It seemed to be something that people really did have a lot of fun with."