Miss Polk County pageant is Saturday
From Enterprise Staff
The 45th Annual Miss Polk County and 6th Annual Junior Miss Polk County pageant is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday in the Florence Crosby Auditorium at Creekside Elementary School. Tickets are $10 with program and $5 for students with no program. The doors will open at 6 p.m.
Twelve contestants are vying for the title of Miss Polk County and seven contestants are vying for the title of Junior Miss Polk County. Students must be a junior or senior to vie for Miss Polk County and a freshman or sophomore to vie for Junior Miss Polk County. (Contestants and their bios may be seen on pages 4B-5B.)
Tatum Smith is the reigning Miss Polk County and Calie Ray is the reigning Junior Miss Polk County. Both young women were crowned in the 2020 pageant. The pageant was not held in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the history of the pageant there have been three years that the pageant was not held – 2021 due to the pandemic and 2012 and 2013 due to LISD’s remodeling of the auditorium.
The scholarships and awards that may be won through the Miss Polk County Pageant have increased dramatically compared to the first pageant in 1975 when the winner received a $250 scholarship.
Today, the following titles are awarded from the highest combined scores from interview, evening gown and final question:
Miss Polk County - receives a $2000 scholarship, satin monogrammed sash, trophy, crown and bouquet of roses;
First Runner-up - receives a $1500 scholarship and trophy;
Second Runner-up - receives a $1000 scholarship and trophy;
Junior Miss Polk County - receives a $250 cash award, crown, satin monogrammed sash, trophy and bouquet of roses;
First Runner-up - receives a $150 cash award and trophy;
Second Runner-up - receives a $100 cash award and trophy;
Miss Congeniality - (chosen by the Junior Miss Polk County contestants) receives a trophy and a gift card from HomeGrown; and
Miss Photogenic - (chosen by the judges) receives a trophy and a gift card from HomeGrown.
These titles are awarded for the highest score in that individual category and only Miss Polk County contestants are eligible:
Interview Winner - (Sponsored by First National Bank) receives a $500 scholarship and a trophy;
Evening Gown Winner - receives a $500 scholarship and a trophy; and
Optional Talent Competition - (Score not figured in with Miss Polk County scores) – receives a $500 scholarship and a trophy.
Other awards include:
Miss Congeniality - (MPC - Chosen by the contestants and sponsored by First State Bank) receives a $500 scholarship and a trophy;
The Kenny Holsberry Spirit of Polk County Award - (MPC) receives a $250 scholarship and a trophy
Photogenic Winner - (MPC - Chosen by the judges) receives a $400 scholarship and a trophy;
Fundraising Winner - (MPC or JMPC) Receives a scholarship based on a percentage of all ad sales not to exceed $500 and a trophy; and
The People’s Choice Award - (MPC - Voted on the night of the pageant by the audience) receives a $100 scholarship and a trophy.
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