The 2018 Greater Alliance Carnation Festival queen contestants kicked off their community service efforts by helping clean up and beautify Alliance’s main fire station on Broadway Street June 28.

The contestants painted the inside of the fire station, washed and cleaned rugs and door mats and landscaped the front of the fire station.

Community service is a big part of the young women’s path to the Carnation Festival Queen Pageant, which is Aug. 5 at Alliance High School.

The women had fun at the firehouse. Each contestant introduced herself and listed her contestant number.

"Today was very great, as I have time to talk with other queens to know them more," contestant Emma Holdnak said as she weeded a flower bed.

Contestant Olivia Morey said she liked the opportunity to get to know her fellow participants.

"We became familiar with each other and our personality," Morey said as she worked to paint inside the fire station. "This event is really helpful, as it’s a relaxing thing to do, not too hard, so no one feels they are being overshadowed. This is a good way to express ourselves that maybe we cannot do on a normal basis."

The women received certificates to use for community service credits in school or as they apply for scholarships.