"This is a fund-raiser for our Civitan Santa Christmas Program for children, a project that touches more than 1,200 children each year," said pageant chairman Janis Bryan. "All monies raised from this pageant remain in Minden."
The 10th annual Fair Princess Pageant will be held at Minden High School Saturday, September 24 with orientation at 9 a.m. and the pageant following at 9:30 a.m.
"One change this year is that two senior girls will be chosen to represent the five high schools in Webster Parish," Bryan said. "The pageant directors feel all the young ladies competing are winners, and as such, all entries will be presented a trophy on stage."
Runners-up will receive a larger trophy, and winners of each division will receive a crown, sash and trophy. Photogenic and People's Choice winners will also receive awards.
"Our staff strives to treat each contestant special and to make their pageant experience a fun and memorable time," Bryan said.
Winners will be invited back to the Fair Queen Pageant the same day, beginning at 5:30 p.m., also at Minden High School.
"At this time, they will have their photos taken with the 2011 Webster Parish Fair Queen as the official 2011 Fair Court," Bryan said.
The Fair Queen contestants are selected by the five high schools in the parish. Each school uses their own selection method for two senior girls to represent their respective school.
Girls 0-18 years of age are eligible to compete in nine different age divisions, with each age division having a Miss Photogenic and People's Choice award. Age groups are: 0-12 months; 13-23 months; 2-3 years; 4-6 years; 7-9 years;10-12 years; 13-15 years; and 16-18 years.
The judges will be qualified pageant judges, Bryan said.
Entry forms are available at Steve's ClockWorks at 342 Morris Drive, Hers Bridal, Quade's Studio and Family Affair on Shreveport Road.
Local school offices will also have entry forms, which are now available. Entries received before September 12 (in the directors' hands) will save on the entry fee by paying $35. Entries received after that date will be $45. Photogenic, an optional category, is $10.
The Webster Parish Fair Queen and her Court of Princesses will ride together in the Fair Parade Tuesday, September 27 in downtown Minden.
For more information or for an entry form, call Bryan at 426-1619 or 377-2205.
"We are always happy to answer questions about the pageant," she said. "We really strive to make this a quality pageant experience.