2011 Queen Victoria pageant brings changes
Jan. 18, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Updated Jan. 17, 2011 at 7:18 p.m.
From tots to teens, young people throughout Victoria County are dusting off their boots and practicing their smiles.
The Queen Victoria Pageant is Saturday and this year's event includes a variety of changes, said Leesa Brown, the pageant's director.
The biggest change came with the fundraising program, Brown said.
Each contestant who brought in $175 more than their entry fee receives a rose, certificate and other prizes, she said. The top contestant from each category then competes for a place on the court.
"We thought this would help cover our expenses and it really caught on," Brown said. "We've probably doubled what we took in last year."
Pageant personnel pre-judged the pictures for the "most photogenic" competition this year and winners will receive engraved picture frames as prizes, Brown said. The pageant also includes a "most photogenic" and "congeniality" prize for each age group, instead of one overall prize awarded for each.
"That made it almost impossible for the younger ones to compete," she said of the previous competitions. "This way, everybody has a chance to win."
New competitions also join the mix, including a community service essay contest and a "people's choice award," where competitors decorate a container and collect money throughout the evening. Each dollar collected equals a vote, Brown said, and proceeds go back to benefit the program.
Brown said she hopes the changes got more children involved and help contestants feel good about themselves.
"That's what it's about," she said. "Helping those kids build self esteem."