Miss Coon Rapids Pageant on the move

The 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant won’t be part of the annual Coon Rapids Snowflake Days celebration in February as it has been for decades.

Instead, the pageant has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Performing Arts Center.

According to Diane Buszta, longtime director of the pageant and president of the Coon Rapids Snowflake Association, there are two main reasons for the switch in dates.

One is to give the 2013 Miss Coon Rapids more time to prepare for next year’s Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant, which will be in June 2013, Buszta said.

The paperwork has to be done by the end of March and a February pageant provides little time to get that taken care of, she said.

The second is that the pageant has traditionally taken place on the same day as the annual Coon Rapids Junior Royalty Pageant, the Junior Royalty in the afternoon and Miss Coon Rapids in the evening, said Buszta, who also directs the Junior Royalty event.

“The same volunteer committee has been putting on the two pageants for several years and it is getting too much to have them both the same day,” she said.

There are four candidates in this year’s pageant – Paris Becker, Ali Vail, Emily Kalis and Kami Patrin. The 2012 pageant had five candidates.

According to Buszta, there tends to be a five-year cycle in pageant entries and cycle is now at the low end with a number of past pageant contestants reaching the age threshold of 24. “The numbers should pick up as new girls enter the system,” Buszta said.

Of this year’s pageant field, two have won pageant titles and two are newcomers in the system, she said.

In addition to the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant Nov. 17, a Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Pageant will be crowned. She is Kathryn Kueppers, whose mother is a former Miss Minnesota.

The Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant is an open event. Young women must live work and/or go to school within the state of Minnesota in order to be a contestant. The pageant is a local competition for the Miss America Scholarship Pageant.

As such, contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 24 (17 on the day of the Coon Rapids competition and not older than 24 as of Dec. 31, 2012 to compete at Miss America 2013) and be at least 17 years of age and a senior in high school to compete at 2013 Miss Minnesota.

In addition, the young woman must be a U.S. citizen.

There are five competition areas – talent 35 percent; interview with the panel of judges Nov. 16, which includes a platform presentation, 25 percent; evening wear competition 20 percent; lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit competition 15 percent and on-stage question during the evening wear competition 5 percent.

In addition, all contestants for the Miss Coon Rapids title are asked to raise $100 to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in Minnesota, Gillette Children’s Hospital.

Eligibility requirements for the Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen competition include a young woman between and ages of 13 and 17, a U.S. citizen and must live in or go to school in Minnesota.

Doors will open for the pageant at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Main floor reserved seating is $15. To reserve tickets email John Leggate at [email protected].

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]