Cover Girl pageant in danger of cancellation

No entries yet; deadline is this Friday at noon

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

July 24, 2007 - Eleventh-grade girls from Hopkins County school have until noon Friday to participate in this year's Fall Festival Cover Girl Pageant.

If not, the pageant would be canceled.

"So far we've had no one interested," said Kelly Stonaker, one of the Cover Girl pageant organizers. "The deadline is Friday at noon. They have to let us know by then. If we don't get some girls to sign up, we won't have a pageant this year."

As of Wednesday morning, no one had signed up to participate in this year's pageant, the traditional closing event of the annual Hopkins County Fall Festival activities.

Young ladies are desperately needed to ensure the tradition continues, or this will be the first time since the annual pageant began in 1982 that there will be no contest.

Over the last few years, participation has dwindled, with fewer girls signing up each year. In 2006, only one contestant had signed up with two weeks until the deadline, even though the scholarships for the top two places had increased by a combined $500.

Although the Cover Girl contest includes more than just your typical costume and talent events, it is for a worthy cause — scholarships and prizes for the girls who participate, not to mention the honor of gracing the cover of the annual Fall Fest catalog and representing the community at civic and community events.

The top contestant receives a $750 scholarship, paid in increments of $375 per semester. The Cover Girl also is awarded $100 worth of gift certificates. She will also be required to attend 80 percent of all Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cuttings and other civic events held in the county throughout her year's reign or forfeit her scholarship.

The first runner-up will be awarded a $500 scholarship and $75 in gift certificates, while the second runner-up will be awarded $50 in gift certificates.

The pageant contestants will also vote by secret ballot for Miss Congeniality, which will be announced during the awards presentation, to be held Saturday, Sept. 16, during Starnite in Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Auditorium.

Cover Girl Contestants are required to participate in the Fall Festival parade and a window display, are charged with selling 150 raffle tickets and maintaining an activity signature list. They will also compete for points in eight timed events —a pig scramble, calf scramble, catching and tying a goat, tractor driving through an obstacle course, bottle feeding of a calf, milking a cow, saddling and mounting of a horse and cutting up a chicken — for points.

Girls must contact Stonaker by noon Friday, July 27, to sign up. The girls should leave her name, address, school attending, phone number and parents' names.

To apply or for more information about participation, contact Kelly Stonaker at (903)243-4300.

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