Just as five contestants are vying to be crowned Fun in the Sun queen on Canada Day, their junior counterparts will have a pageant to name the 2006 Mini-Queen next Thursday during the BIA’s “Mall Day.”
Pageant organizer Gloria Wood, whose company, Wood’s Sewing Centre, has sponsored the event since its very beginning more than 30 years ago, said Monday that four contestants already have signed up but at least five are needed to hold it.
Wood added she had seven contestants last year, but was hopeful more would sign up this year.
Entry forms are available now at the Chamber of Commerce office (474 Scott St.) or from Wood (274-3146).
These must be turned in to Wood or at the Chamber office by 4 p.m. next Tuesday (June 27).
Those wanting to enter this pageant must be aged four-seven as of June 15. They also must be residents of Rainy River District.
Wood noted only the first 15 applications will be accepted. There is no entry fee.
She also stressed that contestants have to be pre-registered. They can’t just show up on “Mall Day” with an entry form expecting to participate.
This year’s pageant will start at 11 a.m. at a stage that will be set up on Scott Street.
As in previous years, each contestant will be called onto the stage, where they will be interviewed by Wood and evaluated by several judges.
The judges will award each girl a score (out of 10) for poise, personality, and grooming.
The winner will come away with a stash of prizes—usually a large stuffed animal, a banner, a locket celebrating their accomplishment, plus the right to wear the tiara for a year.
The 2006 Mini-Queen also will get the chance to ride with 2005 Mini-Queen Carly Ann McKinnon in the Canada Day parade next Saturday (July 1). Later that day, McKinnon will trade crowns with her successor.
But Wood stressed everyone who participates in the pageant is a winner as each contestant is guaranteed to walk away with something.
For more information, call Wood (274-3146) or the Chamber of Commerce (274-5773).
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)