Nine contestants from Northview High School want to become the first-ever Popcorn Festival Pageant Queen. Popcorn festival committee members recently expressed the hope that Clay City High School will choose to participate next year.
The nine contestants are Heather Palmer, Kaitlyn Lawson, ChCarra Yockey, Melissa Medearis, Kelsey Haring, Kaleigh Bennett, Brittney Spugnardi, Callie Froderman and Kacy Cooksey
The pageant is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Traditions on National Avenue in Brazil. The doors will open to the public at 3:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission, but there will be a donation basket and any donation would be appreciated. Mary Fisher of Goodie's Galore will be serving desserts and all proceeds will go to the Popcorn Festival of Clay County pageant fund. Drinks will be provided at no charge. There will also be pageant pins on display for sale at the door.
Scholarship prizes will be presented to the top 3 contestants in the amounts of $500 for queen, $300 to the first runner-up and a $200 scholarship for 2nd runner-up. These monies have come from the overwhelming support of past Popcorn Festivals of Clay County and it is the PFCC's way of giving back to such a supporting community as well as saluting a local girl for her accomplishment of continuing education. Rob and Vanita Moore of Moore Funeral Home was also a large sponsor to assist in defraying the expenses for this event. The winner will be presented a crown to keep and wear at events and all three top contestants will be presented with a bouquet of flowers donated by Sugar and Spice Florists as well as a sash designating their award which was designed by Pam Ringo of Pammie Rae's Embroidery.
This year's queen will reign over the Popcorn Festival and be on hand for special events throughout the year and at the festival which will be held in Forest Park Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
The 2006 Indiana State Festival Association reigning queen, Abby Bergman of the Tipton County Pork Festival will crown this year's Popcorn Festival of Clay County Queen. Abby was selected to reign over the ISFA at the State Pageant which was held last November in Muncie, Ind. This year's Popcorn Festival Queen will also have the opportunity to enter the State competition in November, 2006. At the State level the scholarship prize money is a $3,000 prize to the school of her choice and is open to any queen representing a Festival organization with membership in the ISFA.
Prior to the opening of the pageant to the public, the girls will attend a short dance rehearsal and be treated to lunch provided on site by Jack's Fine Foods and the PFCC. Nancy Withers of the PFCC is coordinating the lunch. They will then change into business attire and be privately interviewed by the panel of judges at the beginning of the scoring of the competition.
The girls will open the pageant wearing a specially designed T-shirt from A+ Printers with a dance number choreographed by Lee Ann Rogers of Toni's Dance Studio. Also on hand will be entertainment provided by Rick and Linda Jeffries while the girls are changing into evening gown competition and also during the tabulation of the judges scoring prior to the crowning of the Queen. Judges for this year's pageant include Gail (Redenbacher) Tuminello Daughter of Orville Redenbacher of Valparaiso, Indiana, Diane House from radio station WTHI-HI99 Terre Haute and Lisa Allen, Miss ISU 2006. The emcee for this year's event will be Eric Brown of Terre Haute and formally of Brazil and a graduate of Northview High School and Indiana State University.
Since entering the competition, the girls have been welcomed to the pageant with a tea hosted by Tri Kappa Sorority held at the First Methodist Church in Brazil on April 8th. They also attended a workshop at the First Christian Church of Brazil to assist them with interviewing skills along with mock interviews conducted by the pageant committee comprised of Director Dianna Knox, Diana Lancaster, Jane Krecker and Janice Cox. Make-up tips were provided at the workshop by Natalie Swearingen.
The PFCC would also like to recognize others whom have donated time or money to this Inaugural event. The girls will utilize the 2nd floor to prepare for their entrance and they will be assisted there by Diane Lancaster. The blocking of that area will be accomplished by a curtained area which was donated by Gloria Miller to afford the girls not only privacy, but also to allow them a Grand Entrance as they transcend down the stairway. Diane Lancaster has also prepared a single floral arrangement for each to carry as they make their walk for the crowd.
The Popcorn Festival of Clay County along with the Pageant Committee would extend an invitation to the public to attend this event and thank everyone for your continued support.