Daleville readying for new queens
Daleville girls can now register to take part in the 2019 Miss Daleville pageants, hosted by the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce.
This year’s theme is “The Year of New Beginnings,” celebrating a return to basics for the pageants, according to Chamber Executive Director Kecia Ham. The pageant will be held on Saturday, March 9.
Registration for the pageant is $75, and participants are required to also purchase a T-shirt and number button for $25. Both items may be kept after the pageant.
A new director will take the lead for this year’s pageant. Gwendolyn Attaway, according to Ham, has over 20 years of experience with pageants.
“She has stepped up and taken the reins,” Ham said of Attaway. “She has brought new ideas to help make the pageant even better.”
Girls can compete in six pageants: Miss, Teen Miss, Junior Miss, Petite Miss, Little Miss and Future Little Miss Daleville.
For the Miss Daleville pageant, girls must be a junior or senior on or before Dec. 15 and must be 17 years of age by Oct. 1.
Teen Miss Daleville pageant participants must be in the eighth, ninth or 10th grades, and Junior Miss Daleville pageant participants must be in the fifth, sixth or seventh grades.
Petite Miss Daleville pageant participants must be in the second, third and fourth grades, and Little Miss Daleville pageant participants must be in the first grade.
Future Little Miss Daleville pageant participants must be four, five or six years old and not registered in the first grade.
Each contestant must never have held the title of the pageant they are participating in, must attend an approved Daleville public or private school or home school program and must live within five miles of the Daleville City Limits.
Ham stated a professional photographer of Adaway Photography will take head shots of the participants on Feb. 15, as well as photos the night of the pageant. Pictures will be available for purchase.
The night of the pageant, March 9, programs will be available for purchase for $15, which will contain well-wishes from businesses, individuals and others. Contact the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce for more information.
For interested girls, the application is available for pickup at the Chamber office next to City Hall, or it is available for download on the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce website. The application can be found under the community new tab.
The deadline to turn in applications is close of business on Friday, Feb. 22.
“I’m excited,” Ham said about the pageant.