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Sesquicentennial Princess & Queen To Reign In July

By Staff | May 20, 2008

What woman hasn’t dreamed about being queen for a day? How about being queen for a quarter of a century? Ladies across Palo Alto County will have the opportunity to become a queen or a princess–with a 25-year reign–during the Palo Alto County Sesquicentennial Pageant.

The pageant, celebrating 150 years of Emmetsburg and Palo Alto County–will be held Saturday, June 28, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Iowa Lakes Community College gymnasium. Mike Scott will emcee; entertainment is planned.

“Some of us ladies got together and thought it was something cool for the women of Palo Alto County,” explained Gennifer Scott, who is coordinating the event along with Devona Perkins and Lori Riley. “We’ve always had the St. Pat’s pageants for the younger set. We have so much talent in this town. It’s time we showcased our other ladies.”

Perkins has been instrumental in organizing the annual St. Patrick’s Day pageants, along with help from Riley. Scott has worked behind the scene during the pageants.

The Palo Alto County Sesquicentennial Princess and a Miss Congeniality will be chosen from young ladies ages 18 to 22. The Sesquicentennial Queen and a Miss Congeniality will also be selected from ladies age 23 to 103.

“If we have a lot of queen candidates, we may also have a Sesquicentennial Matriarch,” Scott added.

Princess candidates must have graduated from a Palo Alto County high school or of an adjoining school district if she and her family reside in the county. Queen candidates must be residents of Palo Alto County. Contestants will be judged on their application/resume, personal interview, talent/self expression, on stage question, and presentation of self (personality, attitude, appearance, charm, and poise).

“Everyone has a talent that God has given them,” said Scott. “Talent doesn’t necessarily mean only singing and dancing, but raising children, potty training with a sense of humor, setting a beautiful table, baking a cake, telling a great story. These are talents, too. We don’t want to limit talent.”

Scott urges potential candidates to participate. She noted that they would like to see area businesses sponsor a candidate from that business or office.

“We don’t want people to be shy. We want them to sign up for this. It’ll be a lot of fun,” Scott smiled. “We want to have someone representing each of the county’s nine towns. This chance only comes around once every quarter of a century, so winners will get to keep their crown for 25 years. How great is that?”

The Sesquicentennial Queen and Princess will reign during the Sesquicentennial Parade on Saturday, July 5, and at various events throughout the weekend of celebration. Crown holders will also be treated to prize packages, which include something from every community in Palo Alto County.

“The Sesquicentennial Queen will receive a ‘pampered package’ valued at $300,” Scott shared.

Scott urges Palo Alto County ladies to check out the Web site, www.emmetsburg.com. For more information on the pageant and to download applications, click on the “Palo Alto County Sesquicentennial Celebration” link on the right hand side of the page.

There is a $5 application fee which goes towards offsetting the cost of a special Sesquicentennial Pageant T-shirt the entrants will wear. Horizons Unlimited in Emmetsburg donated the stitching on the T-shirts.

Entries may be mailed to Scott or dropped off at her home or business (Scott Telephone & Telecommunication). Devona Perkins and Lori Riley will accept applications, as well. Deadline is by midnight on Thursday, June 5.

“I hope applicants will have as much fun as we had putting this together,” said Scott. “Whether on a dare or a bet, everyone has a talent and should enter.”