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Chamber extends pageant deadline

Published 11:17am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Miss SunFest pageant is approaching, but there is still time for eager participants to sign up.

Although registration deadline was yesterday for a participant’s picture to appear in the brochure, chamber president and CEO Ann Rye said girls and women can still sign up through July 19. The pageant will be held July 20.

“We’re still looking for some of our college age girls and high school age girls to turn in their applications,” Rye said.

Rye said they want to make sure older girls are not overwhelmed by the requirements for their age groups.

“It does require them to do a really short intro of themselves, and then the top seven will draw from a bank of questions the contestants will actually submit,” Rye said. “It is a very non-intimidating format. Friday we’ll be available to do coaching on their 10-second introduction.”

Rye said these requirements were built into the competition because of the opportunities the Ms. and Miss winners will have to do interviews and help promote the festival in the future.

“This is a great training ground to help them prepare for entering into college pageants where they do need to have a voice,” Rye said. “It also eliminates the need to do a panel interview. This is much more simple, not as in depth, but does just require them to present themselves.”

Questions girls will choose from the question bank will be submitted by their peers, and Rye said the idea is for each girl to submit a question she would be comfortable answering.

“They are going to be questions that are applicable to that age group of girls,” Rye said.

The pageant is open to girls 23 and younger. Age divisions are as follows: Baby Miss, 0-23 months; Tiny Miss, 2-3 years; Petite Miss, 4-6 years; Little Miss, 7-9 years; Junior Miss, 10-12 years; Teen Miss, 13-15 years; Miss, 16-18 years; and Ms., 19-23 years.

The pageant will feature a winner and runners up in each age division. Queens in each age division will receive $50 cash, an official Miss SunFest full-round crown, a monogrammed satin banner, a crystal crown banner pin and a trophy, and they will have the opportunity to ride in the Christmas and Homecoming parades and will represent SunFest.

Cost is $100 per entrant, and participants may seek sponsorships.

The pageant will be held in the BRHS auditorium. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for children younger than 5.

Applications are available at the chamber and at Little Black Dress.

Rye said the chamber would love to see a large turnout for the first year.

“We feel like this is a building block for young women to have a voice in addition to looking beautiful and elegant,” Rye said.