Girls vying for Mt. Pleasant pageant titles

| Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival pageants are one of the most popular events held over the three-day festival, which kicks off today.

“We fill the park for the pageants,” said Jerry Lucia, a co-chairman of the festival committee. “People come to see their daughters or their granddaughters, or their neighbor compete, or they just come to see who wins every year.”

Kelsey Landy and her mother, Leigh Langgle head the pageants' committee. Both are familiar with the pageants. Both have held titles in the past.

“The pageants are a 26-year tradition in Mt. Pleasant,” said Landy. “My mom was the second queen of the pageant which was the first year a pageant was held. Back then she competed in gown, swimsuit, and private interview to win. She was the director for many years and I would come with her as a toddler. Eventually, I participated in and won the Young Miss and Miss divisions. The girls who participate in the event are strong and accomplished girls in our community, and we look forward to working with them each year.”

This year, more than 40 young hopefuls have signed up for the three different pageants — Miss, Young Miss and Little Miss. Each age group has its own requirements and categories.

“Little Miss competes in dress modeling and on-stage question, and the judges are looking for a great personality. Young Miss and Miss are scored in gown, casual wear outfit modeling, and on-stage interview,” Landy said. “The interview becomes a little more in-depth as you move up in age divisions. There is also a photogenic winner and Directors Choice winner in each division. The Little Miss also has a Miss Personality winner. The Young Miss and Miss winners also have a Miss Volunteer winner based on their community service hours. This award is in honor of the late committee member, Peggy Mullen, who was an avid volunteer in the community.”

The three winners will be involved in activities and events throughout the year and will all represent the town.

“The title holders serve as ambassadors for the festival throughout the following year at parades and events in our community and other communities,” Langgle said. “This event teaches the girls how to be confident public speakers who are visible in and helping their communities. It allows them to have pride in their communities and selves.”

In addition to the pageants, the Queens for a Cause group, comprised of past queen winners, will be hosting a special event throughout the festival.

Landy said a Sparkle Princesses and Army Soldier Makeovers for Boys and Girls will be held.

“Pageant local, state and national queens from all over will be volunteering their time for this event. Parents can sign their children for this event that will be going on throughout the festival weekend with limited spots available,” Landy said.

The pageants will be held at Veterans Park beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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