Miss International Pageants Fun For Boys and Girls

By Kaileigh Deacon

 

The unofficial kick off to the International Homecoming Festival is always the International Homecoming Pageants. The pageants have been at staple event of the Festival for around thirty years and one of the biggest fund raisers for the Festival. 

Like all International Festival events the pageants are open to both sides of the border bringing the two communities together. The pageant has something for all ages with event from ages babies to adults; La Petite(ages 5-8) Pre-Teen (9-12) Teen Miss (13-18), Ms (18 and up). For the kids under five they will come out in the outfit of their choice and walk the stage. The older categories are a little more involved where participants come out in the outfit of their choice and do a self introduction before making another tour of the stage in evening wear. 

This isn’t just an event for girls and women though boys ten years of age and under can enter the pageants as well and kings will be crowned. All winning participants will receive a sash and crown as well as special gift baskets. 

New this year there will be a Grand Supreme Queen. This title will go to the participant who has sold the most ads for the programs to help raise funds for the event. All the funds raise by the Miss International Homecoming pageants goes back to the International Festival. Typically the Pageants help contribute around $500 to the Festival Committee. 

Pageant winners will also help with the festivities during the week. Queens will be on hand for the opening ceremony on Wednesday but also helping with the games at Thursday’s peanut fair. 

The Pageants will be held on August 5 starting at 2pm at Washington County Community College. There will be a $5 entry fee at the door for all who wish to attend.