Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Miss Minden 2013

Will there be one?

A decades-old tradition may be at risk if more participation from the community is not received.

Every year the Young Women's Service Club sponsors an annual Miss Minden pageant for high school girls, where winners are awarded scholarships.

However, the Little Miss Minden Pageant, for girls from infancy to 14 years old, is the service club's scholarship fund raiser, and it's in trouble.

"As of Wednesday, we only have three contestants," said Christie Wimberley, who chairs the Little Miss Minden Pageant. "Each entry into the little pageant goes towards the scholarship for the older girls' pageant.

"We normally have about 30 to 40 entries in the little pageant," Wimberley continued. "One contestant in each category is not enough. We have never had to cancel the pageants before ... I don't know how this will work out if more girls don't enter. We can't have either without the little girls' entries; there won't be any scholarship money."

Deadline for Little Miss Minden pageant entries has been extended from December 28 to January 5.

"We are hoping that the extra time will give parents and the community an opportunity to help us continue this tradition," Wimberley said.

The deadline, which is usually in mid-January, was moved up at the request of state level pageants.

"We have one of the later pageants in the year," Wimberley explained. The state level was hoping by moving our pageant and deadlines up earlier, it would give our Miss Minden more time to prepare for Miss Louisiana.

To fill out an entry form or for more information contact Christie Wimberley at 218-9034.






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