The Popcorn Festival of Clay County will conduct its third annual Scholarship Pageant at 7 p.m., at the First Christian Church Auditorium, located on United States 40, at the west edge of Brazil.
From nine contestants this year, three Clay County ladies will be selected to receive scholarships to apply to further their education.
The selected queen will receive $500 and an opportunity to compete in the Indiana State Festival Scholarship Pageant, which will take place in November in Indianapolis for additional scholarship monies.
The first runner-up will receive $300 and the second runner-up will receive $200.
The girls will be judged in the following categories: personal professional interview skills, sportswear, evening wear and an on-stage impromptu question.
The 2007 queen, Sandra Little, will relinquish her title to one of the following ladies to reign over the 2008 festival and attend functions to promote the 2009 festival.
* Ahnya Alstott, daughter of Rev. Robert and Rhonda Alstott,
* Ashley Clarke, daughter of Rod and Elaine Clarke,
* Mallory Heffner, daughter of Marty and Christine Heffner,
* Jennifer Jeffers, daughter of Terry and Becky Jeffers,
* Megan Keller, daughter of Robert and Melanie Keller, and also second runner-up from 2007,
* Morgan Keller, daughter of Robert and Melanie Keller,
* Olivia Kumpf, daughter of Kip and Kirstin Kumpf, and first runner-up from 2007,
* Brittany Lucas, daughter of Deanna Meyer, and
* Rylee Myers, daughter of Ken and Tracy Meyers, and sponsored by Fun Time Fitness, Brazil.
Pageant Director Melissa Medearis, along with last year's queen, have worked with the contestants in practice sessions to assist them in preparation. Little choreographed the short dance number the contestants will open with. Following the opening number, the contestants will introduce themselves to the audience.
The interview session will be conducted earlier in the day and will take place in private by the panel of judges from out of county.
The practice sessions have included learning the dance, mock interviews and answering impromptu questions.
The pageant is open to the public and doors open at 6:30 p.m.
This year's pageant is sponsored by Luehr's Ideal Rides, which is the carnival that will open the festival Oct. 2, at Forest Park.
The scholarship monies come from the proceeds of the festival.
The festival runs from Oct. 2-5, with the vendors and free entertainment beginning at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3.