By Jessica Isaacs | email@example.com
Parents, do you have children that are interested in joining the pageant world? If so, here’s your chance to get them started.
The Boone Mall will host an Easter Parade Pageant on the Saturday before Easter, March 26, for participants ranging in age from birth to 19. This event will be one of many official preliminary pageants across the state that will lead up to the 30th annual Little Miss and Teen Miss North Carolina state pageants in August.
Contestants will parade through the mall’s center court in their best Easter Sunday outfits. The competition will feature a panel of judges, as well as crowns, banners and trophies, and each participant will take something home.
Little Miss and Teen Miss North Carolina Director Carolyn Marley, a resident of the High Country, looks forward to hosting a preliminary pageant event in her own hometown.
“This is just a fun event designed to let the kids showcase their Easter outfits,” she said. “If they have a pageant dress they want to wear it will certainly be okay, but we’re really looking for what they will wear to church on Sunday morning.”
Because this is a preliminary event, Marley said it’s a great opportunity for children and students in the High Country to get involved in pageantry.
“It’s not a full-fledged pageant event, so it would give parents an opportunity to put their children on stage in front of a panel of judges and an audience to see if it’s something they like or don’t like,” she said. “There are some beautiful, talented young ladies in Watauga County and in the Boone area that should really be competing at state.”
Marley noted that pageantry is a great way for participants to build self-esteem, to learn to carry themselves with poise, to develop interview skills that will come in handy for jobs and college admissions and to earn money for higher education.
“I hear from the contestants and the parents all of the time that pageants have helped them so much,” said Marley. “We give over $12,000 in cash scholarships at our state pageants, so it’s a wonderful thing for local students to do.”
Registration will begin at 10 a.m. in the mall on March 26 and the pageant will follow at 11 a.m.
For more information on registration fees or to sign a participant up, call Marley at 828-295-3880 or reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the upcoming state pageants, check out littlemissnc.com.