Applications open for Coon Rapids junior royalty pageant

Applications are being taken for the annual Coon Rapids Junior Royalty Pageant, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in the Coon Rapids High School auditorium as part of the annual Coon Rapids Snowflake Days celebration.

There are four divisions – petite for girls ages five to seven; petite for boys ages five to nine; junior for girls ages eight to 12; and teen for girls aged 13 to 16. The deadline for entries is Dec. 15.

According to Diane Buszta, pageant director, the pageant is open to boys and girls that live, attend school or worship in Coon Rapids.

The entry fee of $75 includes a pageant T-shirt, pizza party, snacks at rehearsals and participation trophy.

The competition is based on 50 percent interview with the judges and 50 percent modeling with personal speech, Buszta said.

For the interviews, girls and boys will be wearing a sportswear outfit, shirt and skirt for the girls and shirt and dress pants for the boys.

The modeling and speech component of the pageant will have petite and junior girls wearing a party dress, t-length or short, and formal for teens, while boys will wear dress pants and tie with their shirt (suits and tuxedos are optional), Buszta said.

Orientation for and photos of the candidates will take place from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at Sand Creek Elementary School with a pizza party and the first rehearsal at Sand Creek Elementary from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

Other rehearsals have been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Sand Creek Elementary and Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. in the Coon Rapids High School auditorium.

Candidates’ personal interviews are from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at Eisenhower Elementary School, Coon Rapids.

There will be a dress rehearsal in the high school auditorium from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 prior to the pageant, which begins at 1 p.m.

Queen, princess and commodore winners will receive sashes, trophies, crowns/caps and flower bouquets.

Winners are expected to take part in a minimum of 19 parades as well as coronations and various community events and activities during Coon Rapids Snowflake Days and throughout the year.

And as a group the 2014 Coon Rapids Junior Royalty will perform 10 hours of community service for the city of Coon Rapids.

Tickets to attend the pageant at $8, while children under four years of age get in free.

For more information or entry forms, contact Buszta at dianebuszta@comcast.net or Dawn Parsons at dawndee333@gmail.com  

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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