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Miss Winter entry deadline nears

Published 12:17pm Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The annual Miss Winter Pageant is coming up, and Jan. 31 is the deadline for sign-ups.

“We usually have about 88–90 girls,” said Pageant Director Sherri Williams.

The pageant, which will be held Feb. 16 from 1:30–4:30 p.m. and 6:30–9 p.m., is open to girls ages 4 months to 22 years. Entry fee is $100, and the pageant benefits Double Play, the Dadeville Tigers’ softball program booster club.

Contestants are judged on trendy-wear and gown, and an interview is also incorporated for the junior miss level and up.

“The pageant is so well-organized and well-directed,” said Amanda Hall, a Councill Middle School student who has won the Junior Miss Winter title twice. “It was an amazing experience.”

A panel of judges from Dothan will decide the winners. In addition, community members may cast votes for $1 apiece for their favorite contestants for the “People’s Choice” awards.

Lorin Holcombe, last year’s Miss Winter who was recently crowned Miss Alabama Teen USA, will be one of this year’s emcees, along with Miss Alabama USA Mary Margaret McCord.

“It’s a very positive experience,” Holcombe said. “I think being on stage helped prepare for the Miss Alabama Teen USA pageant.”

Hall said she encourages girls to participate.

“It boosts self-confidence,” Hall said. “When you’re onstage, it makes you feel better about yourself.”

Hall said her advice for contestants would be to “just go have fun.”

“I would just tell them to be themselves,” Hall said. “You can’t do anything better than your best.”

The pageant will be held in the Dadeville High School auditorium. Applications are available at Little Lambs and Ivy Day School in Dadeville and at Lake Martin Physical Therapy in Alexander or by emailing

For more information call 256-825-5905.