by Peter Bodley
It’s pageant day Saturday, Feb. 4 during the 48th annual Coon Rapids Snowflake Days celebration.
The 2012 Snowflake Days began Jan. 28 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 11.
The Coon Rapids Junior Royalty Pageant starts at 1 p.m. and the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant at 6 p.m., both in the Coon Rapids High School auditorium.
There are five contestants for the 2012 Miss Coon Rapids Pageant – Elsie Arisa, Rachel Latuf, Chelsea Mohn, Samantha Phillippi and Chantel Wilson.
Contestants will take part in talent, swimsuit, evening gown and interview phases of competition, with a platform to be presented at the personal interview with the judges.
The 2012 Miss Coon Rapids will advance to compete in the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant in June, with the winner of that pageant representing the state in the Miss America Pageant.
There will be a silent auction of special baskets provided by each contestant along with many other items.
The cost is $15 main floor balcony reserved or $9 balcony.
To reserve a main floor seat, e-mail John Leggate at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will hold tickets at the will call.
For the Junior Royalty Pageant there are three divisions – Petite, Teen and Junior.
Contestants in the Petite Division are Jennifer Carlson, Julia Waite and Natalie Berg.
Leah Mau and Savanna Ross are competing in the Teen Division, while Maggie Gese, Rory Ruotsinoja, Megan Hettwer, Jesi Karels, Hannah Mudick, Abigail Karels and Summer Squiers are entrants in the Junior Division.
Judging is based 50 percent on interview and 50 percent modeling plus an on-stage personal speech.
Members of the junior royalty represent the city in parades, pageants and other events throughout the year and also perform community service activities.
There will be a silent auction at the pageant, which costs $8 to attend.
The newly-crowned 2012 Miss Coon Rapids and Junior Royalty will make their first public appearances the next morning, Sunday, Feb. 5, when the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club will serve an all-you-can-eat Belgian waffle breakfast at the Coon Rapids VFW from 8 a.m. to noon.
New for the waffle breakfast this year, the Coon Rapids Snowflake Association will be donating the ticket proceeds to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) program at the High School, according to Diane Buszta, association president.
Tickets are $7 per person with children age five and under eating free.
The 2012 Snowflake Days celebration ends Saturday, Feb. 11 with the annual children’s carnival at Epiphany School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hosted by the families of newly-crowned 2012 Coon Rapids Junior Royalty, the event will feature face painting, disc jockey, magic show, concessions, carnival games and prizes.
Coon Rapids Snowflake Days began in 1964 as a Coon Rapids Jaycees project.
According to the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days website, it was conceived of the notion that the city of Coon Rapids needed a civic celebration in which the entire community could participate.
All of the neighboring communities had summer celebrations so Coon Rapids thought it would try something in the winter so as not to compete with its neighbors, the website states.
By 1968, the celebration had grown enough to require broader sponsorship and the Coon Rapids Snowflake Association was created.
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